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SSDs: PCIE vs SATA - Samsung SSD 850 PRO (SATA 3.0) is best option for mainstream CAD with much lower cost per GB, better endurance than OCZ RevoDrive 350 (PCIe), Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 21, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Tebis 3.5 for Design - logically, clearly laid out UI, data organization tools, has ability to work with laser scanning devices, Morpher tools to adapt set of surfaces, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 21, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Some Impressions of the Engineering Software in Russia: Autodesk University Ru 2014, COFES Ru, Top Systems, and NEOLANT - Autodesk in Russia is BIM leader, Top Systems is steadily extending, NEOLANT is leader of industrial PLM&BIM integration in Russia, David Levin, isicad, Oct 21, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, Autodesk articles)

ArchiCAD Window Display Cheat Sheet - 3 features to create all different display options: floor plan display setting of walls, floor plan display setting of windows, floor plan cut plane, Laszlo Nagy, Graphisoft, Oct 21, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Introducing the New ST7 Hole Command - graphical representations of hole parameters from hole options dialog, ability to control hole diameter on actual solid model when creating threaded holes, Steven Sheldon, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 21, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Altair Engineering's New Release of Hyperworks - provides direct modeling geometry manipulation capabilities, offers optimizations of single part that is used in many assemblies, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 21, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 4 - 3 types of ways to communicate in Navisworks, BIM 360 Glue web app, BIM 360 Glue iPad app: views, markups, clashes & interference, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 5 - identifying, managing clashes, fixing, updating model, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 16, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Autodesk 360 Files and Limited Hard Drive Space - right click on Autodesk 360 shortcut, select properties, create folder where files are to be stored, search for cmd to run as administrator before using MLINK command to create link to new location, Bryan Fields, The Industry, Oct 14, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Merging Objects in 3ds Max, Pt 1 - employ file merge command to merge building into landscape, select merge from application menu to locate 'Ch03_Buildings.max' file, pick objects to be merged, CADLearning, Oct 2, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Additions to the 3ds Max User Interface - visit quick access menu to change, manage workspaces, right click on menu bar additional user preferences to set customized, workspace, select section by tool heading to drag section into scene area, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 21, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Constraining with Mate and Flush in Inventor - click constrain to open place constrain dialog, set solution to mate to activate selection 1 button, select bottom of part to point to direction of surface normal, CADLearning, Sep 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Set the Offset of Components to Zero and Ground Them - employ transformation matrix of occurrence to set API information, apply identity matrix to set all offsets to zero in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 21, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Purge - So Good You Use It Thrice - firstly it will select all unused elements, secondly it will pick up materials/assets used by elements purged earlier, then it will select unused material assets that were earlier associated with materials, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Oct 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating Building Core Walls in Revit - create building shell with multistory exterior walls, place levels to define location of building core, expand wall split button on architecture ribbon to avail separate tool for creating structural wall, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Sep 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Shared Coordinates: Site to MEP - open architecture file, share site coordinates to architecture, link MEP to architecture, select building link before clicking on shared site in Revit properties, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Use SketchUp Engineering ToolBox - load SketchUp, Engineering ToolBox, navigate to desired component, select insert to add component into SketchUp model, visit tools section to rotate, move, adjust color of objects, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Some Useful Tips to Get the Best Result from Your Rendering with V-Ray - visit quick settings dialog to adjust render settings, apply VRaySunlight, VRayDomeLight to arrange scene, avail render mask feature to check color modifications, adjust independent materials in SketchUp, Rajib Dey, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

A Closer Look at the Magnifying Glass - open standard toolbar to check improved magnification selection tool, activate tool, scroll middle mouse button to allow magnifying glass zoom in, out on model in SOLIDWORKS, Catherine Wagner, CADimensions Blog, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Calculate Fluid Volume of a Tank - create surfaces or planes that close fluid volume before applying intersect feature to intersect bodies, surfaces, planes in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS: What are Inference Lines? And Did You Know You Can Change the Color of One? - visit color options, click on color scheme settings to edit line color, open background appearance to change viewport background color, tap apply scene icon to set appropriate scene to model, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 2 - calculate stress results at gauss points during solution process, check if difference between element, nodal stresses is less which otherwise may result due to insufficient mesh refinement, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - New Constraints in the Width Mate - improved width mate constraints allows free movement between width limits, controls distance or percentage of allowable travel, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Data Translation Tips - tips to work with imported geometry in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Some Disadvantages of 3D Printings - user can't buy 3D printer, make anything desired, 3D model is still far too difficult for most people, manufacturing price is high with SLS printers, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Geometric's FQ2 Revenue Up Sequentially, Sees Slowdown in Auto, Aero - IT spending freeze at leading North American auto OEM resulted in muted growth in quarter, aerospace fell 7% to $3 million, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Oct 20, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Nemetschek AG will Acquire Bluebeam Software, Inc. - Q&A with Sean Flaherty about PDF solution for collaboration, improvement by acquisition, Bluebeam availability for sale to other legacy customers, sample workflow involving Bluebeam and Vectorworks, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Oct 16, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles, PDF articles)

Annotation Changes in Vectorworks 2015 - elevation benchmark now has offset mode, Archoncad, Oct 21, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

SOLIDWORKS Toolbar Modification the Easy Way - right click on any toolbar, select customize tool to add, remove or reorder icons on toolbar, hold ‘alt’ key to pick any icon before dragging it off toolbar to remove it, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Why 3D Systems Corporation Established a $150 Million Credit Facility - understanding bank debt, 3D Systems could use credit facility for shorter term funding needs of business, Steve Heller, The Motley Fool, Oct 20, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD 2015 Broken? - visit start button, locate 'reset settings to default' command to reset function, create backup of existing configuration or reset from scratch before saving zip file, Dennis Collin, CADline, Oct 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Connect Your File Storage to AutoCAD 360 - click on plus sign located in top right corner of screen, visit 'connect to storage' option to select type of service, enter username, password to choose services, AutoCAD 360, Oct 20, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Combine Xref Files Before Sending AutoCAD Drawings - activate xref dialog box, right click xref files below top-level drawing before selecting bind or insert in AutoCAD 2015, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Oct 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Vault GetFileAssociationLitesByIds() associationAlgorithm Parameter - understanding actual, LatestTip, LatestConsumable, RevisionConsumable, RevisionTip, RevisionDate file types required for setting relationships in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 20, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Improve Your Max Workflow: Adding Natural Movement with the Flex Modifier - set animation to apply modifier, adjust center point, vertex weightings, stretch, stiffness of object, pick forces to act upon objects in 3ds Max, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Oct 20, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Visualizing a Point Cloud in InfraWorks - open Recap, create RCP file, set correct coordinate system in Recap before starting with import process, view point cloud by attaching RCP or original LAS files as point cloud in Civil 3D, Jay Meszar, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Oct 20, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 1 - reasons for selecting Autodesk BIM 360 Glue as hub, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Sep 29, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 2 - creating, updating, managing combined product model in BIM 360 Glue, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 1, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 3 - view, interact with combined model using 3 different methods: Navisworks, BIM 360 Glue Desktop app, BIM 360 Glue iPad App, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 6, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Find Your Type and Trolling for Properties - file upgrade notification, ability to search type selector, properties palette scrolling, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Oct 8, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Implementing Small Changes That Generate Big Impact - ability to load family into project and close, pin/unpin icons, Dynamo button, Project Solon integration, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Revit 2015 - Closing a Workset and Linked File Ownership Conflict - closing workset that has linked file associated with it is same as manage links, unload option in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Oct 20 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Generic Family Creation Tips - set correct origin, deal with inconsistent units, 'constrain not satisfied' errors, adjust visibility of different parts of geometries, add sub-categories in family editor, share nested family, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SketchUp Photorealistic Rendering, Its Uses and Features - employ renditioner in SketchUp to control environments, advanced lighting components, background images, offers better lighting controls with HDR-based lighting, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

How to Flip or Mirror Geometry with SketchUp - select geometry for flipping, context-click on geometry to allow context menu appear, opt for flip along context menu item before selecting path/axis for flipping, Rajib Dey, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Review: Digging into the Dell Precision M2800 Mobile Workstation - compares 15" M2800 with M4800, M3800 workstations, while M4800 is solid, configurable, expandable, M3800 is thinner, lighter with limited expandability, M2800 is integrated, bit thick but comes with AMD FirePro graphics, $300 below competition, Tom Lansford, Graphic Speak, Oct 19, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

ArchiCAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie Flow, Pt 3 - Model Export - focuses on main improvements of IFC, COBie workflow, discusses impact of change on COBie workflows with regard to assembly worksheet, Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects, Oct 17, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articlesAEC articles)

Continue a Workbench Analysis in ANSYS MAPDL R15 - discusses interface between ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS MAPDL, re-launch run with Multi-Frame restart in ANSYS batch mode, determine value of jobname.abt functionality for static structural, transient structural analyses, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Oct 17, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Use Grasshopper to Produce Fabrication Drawings - employ ‘object bake’ component from LunchBox to bake every panel boundary curve on different layer, apply series to create layer names for each panel before using Rhino functions to add dimensions, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 18, 2014 (more Rhino tutorials)

Starting Guide to AutoCAD and Its Introduction - tips to change unit settings, basic commands, steps to start drawing in AutoCAD with solved exercises, Muhammad Arslan, Mechanical 360, Oct 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD - How to Slice Curved Solid Objects  - change working plane, extract edges, slice tool options, return working plane to ‘normal’ by setting UCS settings back to WCS from drop-down menu under view cube, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Error - Corrupted Pre-Install - verify if AutoCAD is uninstalled from machine, fix issues with installing/uninstall software, ensure that all Windows updates are properly installed, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Installing Autodesk Inventor and Vault on Windows 10 - tips to install elements of product design suite into Windows 10, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Including Fonts and Other Files Using eTransmit API - setup TransmittalInfo, apply e-Transmit API to fetch fonts, shape files associated with drawing in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD for Mac 2014 Warning: Don't Upgrade to Yosemite Yet - click on ‘about this Mac’ option from Apple icon on desktop to confirm version of Mac OS X Yosemite, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Mac articles)

Importing Alignment from InfraWorks 360 to Civil 3D - connect to Autodesk server using user SSO account, obtain IW360 list of models, track model number to determine roads of model before creating alignment for each road, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Oct 17, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Controlling Element Visibility of Consultant's Linked Model - open plan view whose floor plan is to be turned off, open visibility graphics, click on Revit links tab to select consultant’s model, visit RVT link display settings to set model categories, Learning Revit, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Using .ADSK Format, Pt 3 - tips to apply model elements as part of Navisworks model exported from Revit, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

Battle of the Bulge - create radiating lines in sets of 3 to host profiles, add curve, thickness together to set position of inner side points, create circular array after loading family directly into Revit project, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rename Shared Parameter and Aerial Paradise - export all values of existing shared parameter into temporary storage, map each element id to its shared parameter value before deleting old shared parameter in Revit project file, Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Oct 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 4: Symmetricality - sketch centerline, lines or points, select centerline, another line, create half-angled dimension, drag mouse cursor to opposite side of centerline before placing dimension in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Conservation of Energy in SOLIDWORKS Motion - employ motion analysis to simulate motion of models, simulate contact between objects by applying friction, John Trout, CADimensions Blog, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Intro to Dispatch Actions - tips to write automation scripts using dispatch add-in in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Oct 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Use of Offset Tool in Creo Parametric Sketch - make square or rectangle, select offset tool from ribbon to set offset value, offset more than one entity or whole closed sketch, Waqas Ahmad, Mechanical 360, Oct 16, 2014 (more Creo tutorials)

3D Printer Design Software: Review of Polygon 3D Modeling - issues when using polygonal modeling: 3D models have to be water tight, different tolerance level; advantages: ability to create organic creations, good color 3D printing, Mike Grauer, Inside 3DP, Oct 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Rise of the Machines - What IoT Means to PLM - 2 significant benefits of IoT: products become active participants in business process, establishing knowledge driven closed loop PLM, Sumesh Sadasivan, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 16, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Application Builder Launched with COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 - app makes it easy to test different mixer operating conditions based on power, torque needs, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 16, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Kubotek Adds Part Comparison to KeyCreator 2015 - KeyCreator compare can compare part features from a wide variety of native CAD file types, animation enhancements for rack & pinion constraints, universal joint constraints, point-on-curve constraints, intermittent motor dialogs, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Oct 15, 2014 (more KeyCreator articles)

Discover MODO's Iterative Pipeline - Powertranslator plug-in for MODO to import wider range of common CAD formats, Andy Brown of The Foundry, Novedge, Oct 16, 2014 (more modo articles)

Inventor Vault Quick Tip - Creating a Drawing - create new drawing, check browser pane at left of drawing view while placing base view, click 'open from Vault' dialog to avail Vault search options, David Gate, CADline, Oct 16, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Navisworks 2015: Efficient Quantification Takeoff - tips to select category by name from selection tree, view individual object in quantification notebook with item calculation/map rules, drop parent group onto workbook item for instant takeoff, Synergis, Oct 14, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Quick Change - employ quick change state available in Vault 2015 R2 version to save read-only ERP object ID on Vault Item, move app in, out of released state without worrying about revision bump, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Oct 16, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Odds and Ends - A Variety of Things I Have Found for 2015 - turn off hardware acceleration in AutoCAD 2015 to get rid of pixels that appear when moving cursors, reinstall Microsoft Access database engine to avoid errors in AutoCAD Electrical 2015, Dennis Howell, Applied Software, Oct 16, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Reinforced Concrete in Autodesk Revit, Pt 1: Rebar Cover - open concrete frame.rvt file to add reinforcements, select rebar cover settings to add covers in project, editing cover settings before selecting beam elements to be modified, BIM and Beam, Oct 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: Converting a Wall Based Family Into Face Based Family - visit family editor to check if family is wall based or face based, insert families in both project A, B before linking Revit project A into project B, Marti Broquetas, CAD Addict, Oct 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Using .ADSK Format, Pt 1 - tips to assemble mobile elevated working platform in Inventor for use in Revit, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Using .ADSK Format, Pt 2 - create objects in Inventor before applying BIM exchange tool to export for use within Revit project, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

New Text Note and Text Width Calculation - set new LineWidth after changing TextNoteType to change length of string, add twice border offset defined by BuiltInParameter.LEADER_OFFSET_SHEET in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Specify Coordinates at Point - unclip survey points before modifying coordinates, select 'specify coordinates at point' option to change coordinates easily in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

2015 SOLIDWORKS Simulation What's New - Shell Manager - new shell manager allows viewing, sorting all shell elements by thickness, materials, color codes shells with same thicknesses, check new tables to reduce design time, increase SOLIDWORKS productivity, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Pictures on Models and in Drawings - place decal on face of solid part, shape, insert part into assembly before mating in location, create display state where all components except decaled part is set to visible or removed hidden lines, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

InterCAD SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Event - new release has 2D sketch improvements, rectangle enhancements, patterning, assembly mate, profile center mate style, Treehouse tool, deformation plot analysis tool, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM, Pt 2: Fix Those References - employ update references wizard to redirect, replace, add, or repair references, check tip to redirect, replace references, add referenced file to Vault in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Debugging Complex Finite Element Analysis Using a Single Element Model - by analyzing regular, distorted element under identical loading environment, user can estimate stress error and/or evaluate convergence efficiency for irregular elements, Pete Barrett, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 14, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

InRoads Tip: Display References in Roadway Designer - access display references dialog, add alignment name, select surface to display feature from, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Oct 10, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

Attribute Transfer - File to File - access attribute manager to avail tabs relating to all of ArchiCAD attributes, organize attribute(s) before saving to use them out of file, Ken Good, Cadimage, Oct 16, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 - Object Tracking with Mirror Command - visit status bar to open object snap tracking, place mirror axis accurately when mirroring objects in AutoCAD, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating a Stereoscopic Viewer for Google Cardboard Using the Autodesk 360 Viewer, Pt 2 - remove handlers that require camera updates, apply base direction to make relative horizontal rotations, rotate position based on initial position, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Display Forms Inside Async AutoCAD Commands - stimulate async program, save current synchronization context before processing form result asynchronously in AutoCAD, Philippe Leefsma, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating a Stereoscopic Viewer for Google Cardboard Using the Autodesk 360 Viewer, Pt 3 - populate initial UI with set of buttons, replace any underscore with spaces before setting visible name, bring layers with viewers in front, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Vault AcquireFiles and the PreFileAcquire Event - employ events on AcquireFilesSettings object to avoid downloading files based on custom criteria, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 15, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Sharing Awesomeness - Skipping Classes and Properties - tips to handle cases where properties or classes do not exist in current project setup in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Working with Civil 3D Templates - start with NCS template to create WIP.dwg, import layers, blocks, text styles from existing template if required, form template with WIP.dwg file before deleting unwanted styles, settings, Kevin Spear, Land Development Engineering, Oct 15, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Scheme Design - rebuild pumpkin wedges in point world, host profile of revolve on ladder rungs, create circle with radius parameter in master base family before turning it into repeater in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Scan to BIM: Insert and Index Point Clouds in Revit - review need to break scans/point cloud up or partition them off, consider hi-res, low-res version of same scan, check modeling accuracy before importing point clouds/laser scans into Revit, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Review: SOLIDWORKS 2015 - midpoint sketch feature, ability to extrude or cut-extrude with open profile, improved split tool, assembly mates can now be placed at centre of sketch, efficient dynamic reference visualization, reduced file size, Michael Lord, Develop 3D, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS reviews)

SOLIDWORKS: How to Create Ordinate Dimensions in a Detail View - create detail view of section, start horizontal ordinate dimension tool before adding 0 location on left edge of part in SOLIDWORKS, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 08: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 4 - overview of filled surface tool, discusses multi-surface method, application of selection manager to specify inputs, analysis tools to double-check work, tips to smoothen out surface irregularities, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Get Wired with SOLIDWORKS Electrical - apply wire style, equipotential, wire properties together to automatically route connector wiring in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, Andy Beaupre, CAPUniversity, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Filter Workflow Using Transition Conditions - apply transition conditions to push files to branch of workflow, or into different workflow, employ automatic transitions to ensure that input is entered through data card in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Dr. Biplab Sarkar Talks to Architosh About Nemetschek Vectorworks 2015 - new 64-bit code base, ability of updated Vectorworks Graphics Module to render in wireframe mode, terrain modeling engine, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Oct 15, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

Text Changes in Vectorworks 2015 - control over text tracking, variable tab settings, ability to use classes to control text size, Jonathan Pickup, You Tube, Oct 12, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

AMD FirePro GPUs - optimize graphics, compute workflows with entry-level W2100, W4100, mid-range W5100, W7100 alongside W9100, W8100 FirePro graphics cards, introduces Mantle graphics API into professional space that offers alternative to OpenGL, DirectX APIs, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 14, 2014 (more graphics cards articles)

It's Time to Get Over IGES - IGES can't keep up with regard to modern solid geometry, will invariably cause geometry errors, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

3D Tutorial: Draw a Fancy Square Glass Bottle Cap in AutoCAD - set up environment, start drawing, make final visual adjustments, Parvez Mahmood, AutoCAD Tips Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

BricsCAD V15 - What's New? - material density property for components, dynamic blocks now can be edited in-place, multiple drawings can be displayed in tabs, DMEXTRUDE command has taperangle option to create tapered extrusions, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, Oct 15, 2014 (more Bricscad articles)

Resolving Generic Fatal Errors in AutoCAD and Related Verticals - invoke AUDIT, -PURGE, RECOVERALL commands when AutoCAD is open to fix errors, open command-line version of PURGE command, scan XREFs in drawing, else close AutoCAD to reset settings to default, conduct reinstallation process, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Mtext: Now with More Variety - check corner sizing arrows, paragraph tab, 'auto bullets and numbering' feature in ribbon menu, caps lock auto-switching, superscript, subscript autostacking, match properties button enhancements to increase AutoCAD 2015 productivity, Isaac Harper, What's the Word on AutoCAD, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Adds Data Management to PLM 360 - PLM in cloud system offers opportunities to address market needs, allows users view 3D model design in browser through embedded viewer, avail data management capabilities to sync with folder, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 14, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Creating a Stereoscopic Viewer for Google Cardboard Using the Autodesk 360 Viewer, Pt 1 - code to develop 3D content into visualization system using Autodesk 360 viewer, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Placing 2D Surface iParts Into Assemblies - adjust thickness of 2D iParts, or place 2D surfaces as individual parts to allow component instances appear in model space, Total CAD Systems' Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Changing the Max User Interface - compares 3D Studio Max with 3D Studio Max Design, both are available as standalone programs, initial start-up shows dark background for former unlike later, adjust default renderer to obtain similar UI, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 14, 2014 (more 3ds max articles)

Civil 3D 2015 Deployment Question of the Day: No, You are Not Crazy - visit additional software section to include service packs, subscription add-ons or other tools to deployment, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Oct 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Autodesk articles)

Revit 2015 R2 - Background Color - visit graphics section in options dialog to set any background color in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Oct 14 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Landscapeforms Tables - select table as component, set default dimensions for all types, scroll down to Top_U types to obtain top with umbrella hole in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Scan to BIM: Adjust Revit Pipes for Joining After Model Conversion - move pipe to adjust centerlines before trimming/extending pipes to create elbow in Revit, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Solid Edge ST7's Big Leap Forward in Sheet Metal Design - handy Live Rules, ability to detect patterns of patterns, gussets, louvers, beads are applied with one click of mouse, new 'volume to sheet metal' function, ability to generates flat shapes from non-flat geometry, Ralf Steck, CADdigest.com, Oct 15, 2014 (more Solid Edge reviews)

Interview with Ricky Black, Planner for 2D and Drawings - discusses assembly enhancements in Solid Edge 7, model based definition, sync vs ordered file types, underused areas of drawings, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

5 Unsung Heroes in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - avail 'select previous' option, reduced file sizes to work faster, reference imaginary cardinal directions with angle dimension tool, interchangeable pattern types, save patterned components as independent files, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Top 5 Things You Should Know, Pt 1: The Transform Tab - consists of features - copy transformation, translate, rotate, restore neutral position that assists in moving part or assembly in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Woods, HRS Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Using Snapshots to Capture a Moment in Time - right click to activate snapshot, create snapshot by using 'add take snapshot' command, or press alt+spacebar, add comments to snapshots once created in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Alternate Position Views for Parts - create intermediate file, insert part into assembly before adding additional configuration in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New Workstations from Dell, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo - new machines from tier one workstation manufacturers feature Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5 v3 series CPUs, new GPUs from NVIDIA, AMD, host of new I/O technologies including Thunderbolt 2, PCIe SSDs, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014 (more Dell workstation articles, HP workstation articles, Lenovo workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

Vero's Radan Adds in 180 Enhancements to Latest Version of the Sheet Metal Software - has strengthened 3D translation procedure, new editor in unfolding dialog tool supports bend parameters, new machine automation functions, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014 (more engineering articles, CAM articles)

PTC Creo View Publishing: Why It Matters & How It Works - exploring methods to generate viewable files: automated, scheduled, interactive publishing from PTC Windchill, interactive viewable generation from CAD tool, command line publishing, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 13, 2014 (more Creo articles, Windchill articles)

First Look: Siemens Launches NX 10 - NX release cycle will get implementation of iRay+ for rendering models, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014 (more NX articles)

Synching AutoCAD and Inventor Files - set DWG file's associated project file in AutoCAD, determine current project file in Inventor, confirm changes in factory sync dialog to sync 2D drawings to 3D model in AutoCAD project, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Inventor tutorials)

Challenge 7: Evaluate Your Progress - measure improvements by determining benefits of taking challenges, areas of maximum, minimum improvement, check if adoption of AutoCAD best practices saves work time, adopt time tracking to estimate project costs, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Oct 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Inventor API: Assembly Document Hierarchy - discusses components in assembly that contain occurrences or component, component occurrences, occurrence enumerator, all leaf occurrences functionalities associated with extracting each portion, John Evans, Design and Motion, Oct 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

5 Methods to Get an Edge Aligned Dimension in Inventor - rotate detail view, create view sketch, chain dimension using chain set dimension tools, rotate hole center marks, center line through tab, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Inventor View from 64 and 32 Bit Processes - set path variable to 'Inventor install path' to adjust any CPU compilation for application, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Transparency Glass in Elevation Section View - orient 3D view to elevation view, else select either entire curtain wall or individual panels, override graphics in view by element before setting transparency, Justin Doughty, CADline, Oct 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Plans - open visibility graphics dialog to add fill pattern to one of model category, use rooms/areas to apply color legend that creates fill pattern, else visit annotation tab to form pattern, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Oct 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in Solid Edge ST7 - entries in 'recent documents' are now right-clickable, animations, videos, tooltips on most important commands, can be integrated with 2 online project management tools - GrabCAD Workbench, Kenesto, Ralf Steck, CADdigest.com, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Integrated DNA Technologies - Solid Edge Synchronous Technology helped world's largest supplier of custom nucleic acids accelerate innovation through fast idea capture, improved multi-CAD reuse, new-user experience, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 5: Assemblies, Pt 2: Assembly Features - new version allows selecting radical explode step to explode components, form/dissolve subassembly containing suppressed components, sort interference detection calculation by volume, avail Treehouse 2015 tools to visualize assembly structure, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Sweeps with Guide Curves - When They Don't Work - select point in profile sketch, line of guide curve to create pierce sketch relations in SOLIDWORKS, Rory Niles, Solid Solutions, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Design Checks for SOLIDWORKS Electrical - select 'calculate cable duct filling ratio' option after routing wires, click calculation of cable duct filling ratio to display ratio, generate reports to display voltage drop, power loss with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, TMS CADCentre, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Derived Sketches - select sketch, pick face where new sketch is to be placed, click 'derived sketch' from insert menu to make sketch appear on plane, Solid Apps Blog, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Linking Folder and File Properties - tip to map properties from folders to files in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Infor PLM Vision 2014+ - Infor plans to grow from more basic PDM solution to more fully capable PLM solution, Infor-Aras relationship to rapidly deploy enterprise-class PLM solution for discrete manufacturers in cloud, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Oct 10, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Timing is Everything: Should You Consider Buying a New Workstation Now? - consider Intel Haswell Xeon E5 v3 processors, professional GPUs from AMD, NVIDIA, HP Z Turbo Drive, Thunderbolt 2.0, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 10, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Interview with Doug Stainbrook, Field Support Trainer - training people on Solid Edge, KeyShot, teach Synchronous to existing Solid Edge user vs non-CAD user, link between traditional 2D only CAD, Synchronous techniques, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 10, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, CAD training articles)

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator Users - manual recalculation for CADCAM wizards, Mach3 tool table import, export, digital signing certificate migration, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Oct 10, 2014 (more CAM articles)

UV Replacement/Calibration - replace if software recommends new UV lamp upon calibration or UV lamp bulb is physically broken, process to replace UV assembly on desktop printers, Daniel Lindsay, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 10, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Gain Screen Real Estate in AutoCAD - adjust command line transparency settings to float command line, avail extra space for drawing in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Oct 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inside Some AutoCAD 2015 Updates - tips to align existing texts horizontally, access block ribbon gallery, quick view layout display into file tabs, cursor badges for editing commands, CADTutor, Oct 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Custom Variables in AutoCAD OEM 2015 - add name of custom variable in 'your module settings' page to make custom variable accessible in OEM product, run.reg file to update registry in AutoCAD OEM, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Turn Off Cable Tray Annotations in AutoCAD MEP - open display manager, select current display set, choose display manager dialog, edit cable tray display representation to turn off annotations, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Drainage Structures Not Displaying Correctly in InfraWorks - download Inventor.zip file, click unblock button on security section of general properties tab, extract file to Inventor server folder before restarting PC, InfraWorks 360, Jay Meszar, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Oct 10, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

A Digital Prototype Walkthrough - Sheet Metal Cut Normal in Inventor 2015 - avail option when creating/modifying cut operation that will allow cut to be made normal to flat pattern, avoid cutting, machining issues, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Oct 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Which DrawingView Triggered OnViewUpdate - wrap event handler inside class that will allow each class instance identify DrawingView's event that it is listening in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copy and Rotate in Inventor Pro 2015 - model flange after revolving tube, exclude stem from back of flange to wrap it properly to tube diameter, allow hole pattern create bolt holes on flange face before trying to duplicate features, Chris Benner, CAD Tips, Tricks & Workarounds, Oct 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Slice and Dice - create revolve with splines, scale up with single width parameter, add segments, set segment that starts flat on ground, cuts away middle with wedge before setting distances in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Schedules Basics & Tips - identify type/category of schedule being searched, check necessity of shared parameters, troubles referencing shared parameter in key schedules, ways to manage bulk 'issue dates' for sheets, link Excel file in Revit, Revit Beginners, Oct 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Use Navisworks Batch Utility to Convert Revit Files - access Batch Utility from Navisworks main menu, select files to be included in file set, retrieve list of Revit files to be converted before setting path of Navisworks file, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Navisworks articles)

Kicking Off Tasks in Revit with Clarity - locate, click launch task button, select task for project, click ok to run task while staying on with Revit, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Tire Kicking SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition - goals of SOLIDWORKS MBD, scope of product and manufacturing information, challenges of PMI implementation, role of MBD in arresting PMI challenges, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Oct 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Power Drawing a Schematic Diagram in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - employ wire style selector to select number, types of wires drawn, connect wires drawn on top of each other, insert symbols from symbol library in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Michael Souders, CADD Edge, Oct 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Will MSC's Apex Revolutionize Simulation? - MSC Software addresses skillset challenges to simulation driven design with Apex platform, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 9, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

ANSYS Remote Solve Manager (RSM): Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions - process when job gets submitted to RSM, recovering data, re-reading it into Workbench if RSM job runs into problems, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Oct 9, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

COMSOL's App Builder Set to Change How Experts Communicate Simulation to Others - advanced simulation users can create specialized apps quickly, can be run by others with COMSOL Multiphysics licenses, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Oct 9, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

The State of the 2D Mechanical Market - engineers still need to see things in 2D, but non-technical people have difficulty understanding 2D, Norman Roith of ING Network, WorldCAD Access, Oct 9, 2014 (more 2D to 3D articles)

The Ins and Outs of Digital Signing in AEC - decrease overhead costs, shorten project timelines, increase productivity, facilitate collaboration, protect intellectual property; approval signatures replace wet ink signatures, certifying signatures prevent future changes, Julie Olenski, AECbytes, Oct 9, 2014 (more AEC articles)

3 Types of 3D BIM Clash Detection Have Their Own Importance - 3 different kinds of clashes: detecting them at early stage: hard clash, soft clash/clearance clash, 4D/workflow clash, Nikunj Patel, Hi-Tech Engineering Services, Oct 9, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Hacking Around Nuisances - start with any AutoCAD version to maintain UI, visit options menu to locate root of CUIX file, remove splash screen upon startup, convert PDF to DWG file in AutoCAD MEP, Greg Firman, AUGI Library, Oct 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Making an Invisible Viewport Visible Again in AutoCAD - locate layout tab having viewport problem, select quick select button from properties palette, set object type to viewport, invoke VPCLIP command with invisible viewport selected in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

Installing Fusion 360 Using the Command Line Only - open elevated command prompt, run installer, login to Autodesk account before providing access to files on Autodesk 360, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

How to Combine License Files for Multiple Autodesk Products - combine separate licenses into one license file, configure single service in LMTOOLS to apply combined license file, copy all lines from additional product license files before editing existing license file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

iLogic - Run Rule with Single Click - add handy iLogic rule as button by clicking on 'edit' in iLogic forms tab, pick rule(s) before adding it as button in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, Oct 9, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Republish Markup Sheets - apply PostPrivateEvent function to provide file name to 'republish markup sheets' command in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015: Model in Place - create standard sloped concrete cap on top of structural column, set work plane to appropriate face of column before drawing profiles in Revit, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Dimension Leaders in Revit - place dimension between witness lines, drag, relocate dimensions for clarity, select dimensions, edit type to change curved spline extension line, visit 'type properties' dialog box to change leader type, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Making Topo Follow Hardscape - open macro manager to access Revit API, run AlignTopo macro, observe distribution of points along interior edges in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 4 - apply purge button to delete names from list box so that it appears in sync with Solid Edge document's variable table, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 7, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 5 - employ 'select all' button to choose all unused, listed variables so that they can be deleted at once, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 8, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 1 - visually inspect spotty results, refine, rerun to confirm if mesh is too coarse, check number of elements across thickness to determine areas of high stresses, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Equal Spacing Option for Linear Patterns with Reference Geometry - create scenarios automatically in updated linear pattern feature, employ selected reference option to gain better control for asymmetric profiles, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Oct 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Let SOLIDWORKS Create Your Flat Pattern Configuration - place flat pattern view in drawing to automatically create flat pattern in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Oct 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Previewing COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 and the Application Builder - 3 new add-on modules released: ray optics, design, LiveLink for Revit; improved predefined multiphysics couplings, simulation of CAD assemblies, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Oct 8, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Moving from DriveWorks Xpress to DriveWorks Solo - downloading, activate DriveWorks Solo, backup DriveWorks Express files, open SOLIDWORKS, find DW Solo in task bar, create new project, Ryan Dally, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 8, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

How Small Firms Should Prepare for the BIM 2016 Mandate - collaborative BIM helps architect, MEP engineer, consultants create model before sharing to project participants, learn new way of delivering projects while accepting BIM as software, design infrastructure to support expected workload, AUGI Library, Oct 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

A Beam with Holes - go to 3D view, select beam, click, drag edge of beam to make pet palette display 'hole' option, open beam settings to adjust hole dimensions in ArchiCAD, Cadimage, Oct 9, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Simple Ways to Get Beautiful SketchUp Images Without Plug-ins or Software - enable perspective view, shadows, reload components, keep angle low to show off more of architecture, Designer Hacks, Oct 9, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Design Smart. Build Smart. Live Well. - understanding purpose of BIM: IPD to life cycle management, Elijah Gregory, BIM + Integrated Design, Oct 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

One Vendor's Remedy for Software Management Headaches - Q&A with Erik Klein of Autodesk about making easy software installation, post-install-related tasks, Application Portal to address concerns, Account Portal modules to manage all of business-related tasks with Autodesk, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD management articles)

Quick Tip: Selecting Objects in AutoCAD 2015 - employ 2-click option to select rectangular shape, hold down left mouse button, drag cursor to apply lasso option for selecting objects, Craig Bashor, The Industry, Oct 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2015: Controlling the New Tab - start new drawing template or open existing file, employ NEWTABMODE variable to adjust new tab displays on launch, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Adding TrimPlanes to Structural Members in ACA.NET - set start, end point of member in WCS, create trim plane both at start, end in AutoCAD Architecture, Jeremy Tammik, AEC DevBlog, Oct 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials, AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor API: General Document Notes - call AllReferencedDocuments to obtain file references, iterate through all documents referenced by assembly before verifying document as part, John Evans, Design and Motion, Oct 8, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: An Introduction to Particle Flow - create text objects, set up particles by dragging items in node-based viewport, add operators to main event, conduct age tests to control flow of particles, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Oct 6, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Myth Buster: Revit & IFC, Pt 4 - A New Hope - Revit 2015 version allows IFC linking, exporting linked files, importer now distinguishes between LoadBearing, non-LoadBearing types, offers more control over models, IFC exports, Martijn de Riet, AUGI Library, Oct 6, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Autodesk Revit Install on Windows 10 - installation happened successfully, showed missing templates error upon launching Revit that is related to error in deselecting installation of Revit content, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Second Wind - employ input scale system to make profile scalable, apply parameters to control 2 partial ellipses that help to define revolve, use Vanilla Generic Model family to shape octagon families in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 1 - 'purge variables' command displays all unused variables, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 4, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 2 - start Visual Studio VS 2010 with .Net 4, using code showing imports statements, form class, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 5, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 3 - separating names, formulas of all user variables into 2 lists, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 6, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Adding Wire Styles in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - open wiring manager, create wiring group by selecting 'add numbering group' button, set properties of group before choosing wire numbering schema, Clare Schaeffer, SolidNotes, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3DQPress V6 What's New - Unfold UAR Bend Corner Feature - click on unfold icon, select highlighted face as fixed face, select 'user assisted recognition' option before adding feature, rebuilding unfolded part in SOLIDWORKS, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Drawing View with Assembly Components Displayed in Different Colors or Line Types - activate layers toolbar/dialog box, add layer, specify layer name, color, line style, select FeatureManager design tree to expand drawing view, avail component line font option to change line type, thickness, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 07: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 3 - overview of surface types, discusses fill surface, loft surface, boundary surface method in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using SOLIDWORKS for Design and Collaboration with Your Classmates - include every part/subassembly files when moving assembly to shared drive, apply 'pack and go' tool to transfer files from one place to another, check list of referenced parts/assemblies from find references section, Laura Weismantel, CAPUniversity, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Determine the Average Stress in the Stress Concentration Area - edit first fixture by applying symmetry fixture directly on faces of symmetry, second fixture to prevent upper edge from translating in direction normal to front plane in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Professor Blog, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Fujitsu Unveils Haswell Xeon E5 v3 Celsius M740 and R940 Workstations - Celsius M740 can ship with any one of 22 Intel Haswell Xeon E5 v3 chips, Celsius R940 can support up to 3 high-end GPUs, AEC Magazine, Oct 7, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Understanding Parallel Computing - COMSOL Multiphysics solves partially parallel problems, bus speed creates performance bottleneck when working on single computer, cluster computers offer variable performance, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Oct 7, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

DriveWorks Administrator - Table Lookup's Using DWVLookup - Solid Apps Blog, Oct 6, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

Integrated CAM Apps Help Engineers Take Designs Straight to Manufacturing - fully integrated CAM packages work directly with 3D CAD data, removing need to translate or recreate designs for manufacturing, reducing errors, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Oct 6, 2014 (more CAM articles, MCAD articles)

Reverse Pressure Pipe Network Slopes in Civil 3D - delete network, recreate it with proper direction, else employ expression in pressure pipe label to reverse slope calculation, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, Oct 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Coping with COBie - COBie Toolkit for Revit automatically generates COBie worksheets from Revit data model, easing process of transferring data from building information model, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

BIM for Clients - examine current business workflows, identify key problem areas, identify potential benefits of BIM, define BIM deliverables, generate BIM deployment, execution plans, supply chain capabilities before implementing BIM, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

Automatically Save Inventor Drawing to PDF - visit drawing options tab to set 'always create' options, avail manually create option to create files when auto snapshot command is invoked, visit general options tab to set location to save PDF file, Graham Harrison, Micro Concepts, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Can't Move, Promote or Demote Inventor Content Center Part - code to loop through all components in assembly, remove reorder command restrictions in Inventor, Graham Harrison, Micro Concepts, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Controlling Embed Visibility Using a View’s Detail Level - customize visibility of the individual elements, uncheck coarse, medium detail levels areas in family element visibility settings, set detail level to 'coarse' to make angle, end plates visible in Revit, Jon McFarland, Curtain Wall BIM, Sep 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Calculating Length of Curb - apply volume to select profile area as first parameter, floor schedule to create length field as calculated value in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Family Array Basics & Tips - add optimal spacing parameter to make spacing between shelves remain constant when length of family is flexed, create arrays in separate families if modeling 2 arrays in same family gives error in Revit, Revit Beginners, Oct 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Linking Analytical Nodes with Structural Elements - create parameters in project, select analytical nodes in project using select category node, visit each reference point to extract information hidden with Revit, employ lunchbox node to convert points to strings, Mark Thorley, Dynamo, Oct 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

10 Easy Ways to Improve Large Assembly Performance - create nested sub-assemblies, utilize configurations, pattern bodies instead of features, mate to primary planes, activate large assembly mode to optimize system options for working with large assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, Loretta Stiurca, Design Point Solutions, Oct 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Dassault Delivers with SOLIDWORKS 2015 - expanded portfolio to support more design tasks, offers improved productivity, assembly tools, optimizes work process with collaborative sharing, improves communication with Model-Based Definition, solves design challenges, Barb Schmitz, Design World, Oct 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

How Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS Supercharged the Way I Model - program from nPower works in background, comes with own tab in command manager, allows easy access to SOLIDWORKS UI tools, Matt Perez, SolidSmack, Oct 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Common Errors in Simulation - discusses mesh failures, model instability along with tips to fix/troubleshoot them in SOLIDWORKS, Shivani Patel, YouTube, Oct 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

solidThinking Inspire 2014: Refining Simulation Driven Design - intelligent recognition, manipulation of existing geometry, ability to apply newly defined manufacturing constraints, ability to smooth out, control optimized shape in semi-automatic way, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 6, 2014 (more solidThinking articles)

Filter and Cut Elements in 3D: A Hidden Gem - access feature from menu, 'tool bars and buttons' or use keyboard shortcut, discussing marquee effect, cut surface display, element types to show in 3D option, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Oct 6, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

BIM and Sustainability: A Growing Partnership - BIM allows for more informed approach to design, construction, ensuring that projects are completed on time, within budget, utilizing best sustainable practices available, Simon Gillis of Autodesk, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

Microdesk Shows 3D AEC, BIM Scanning Service at New San Francisco Office - presentation showing how camera-equipped drones can photograph buildings, leading to 3D models, using Autodesk's cloud-based service Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Oct 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, AEC articles)

How to Create AutoCAD Classic Workspace Using CUI - open CUI dialog, visit context menu to create new workspace, right click new CUI to customize workspace, move toolbars to dock them to preferred locations, type RIBBONCLOSE to close ribbon, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials

Convert a Toolbar Into a Ribbon Panel - visit CUI window to expand toolbar tree, navigate to toolbar in 'customizations in all files list,' expand ribbon, panels, tabs tree, drag new custom panel up to tabs in AutoCAD, Levi Connolly, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Showcase Tips & Tricks: How to Display the Objects Wireframe - select wireframe mode instead of animated grid to highlight selected objects, or display object wireframe in window as visual mode, Marion Landry, YouTube, Oct 6, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Civil 3D Pressure Pipe Inside Diameter Issue - locate catalog SQLite spatial data files, employ content catalog editor to edit files that remains isolated in single catalog in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Oct 6, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Change View Orientation in a Drawing - select place, base view on ribbon, pick orientation, visit custom view session to rotate view using Free Orbit rotation tools in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Convert a Full Section Into an Offset Section - right click on section line, select edit, invoke line command to draw lines, trim original lines to ensure presence of one start, end point in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Reorder Parts List Columns - employ PartsListColumn.Reposition function to adjust order of columns relating to PartsList object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Matrix for Complex Transformation in Model Space - apply Matrix.TransformBy method to multiply 2 matrices together, create new matrix containing transforms of both matrices, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

NBS Plug-in for Autodesk Revit - free plug-in links Revit, National BIM Library, NBS specification to deliver information eco-system, provides easy coordination of project information, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more Revit articlesAEC articles)

Autodesk FormIt and Revit - define levels in model to calculate gross area of building, apply sun/shadow tools to create small daylight analysis, integrate previously defined levels into Revit model along with mass floors, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Autodesk articles)

Is a Given Element Hidden in a View? - apply IsElementHiddenInView method to any add-in to determine if element, view returns true in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Are You Domesticated? - base segment family as box rig, apply normalize curve parameters, control angle of segments in pump-dome before linking it back to repeater in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Bent Lofted Bends - create 1st plane offset, sketch 1st shape as rectangle on parallel plane, form 2nd place distance, draw 2nd shape as circle on non-parallel plane before selecting sheet-metal command tab, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Simulation Mesh and Shell Manager - check new shell manager to avail list of shell bodies existing in part/assembly, dynamic highlighting command to sort parts by thickness/material, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 2: Flipping Out - right click on angle, select display options, vertically opposite angle, flip any placed angle dimension to explementary angle in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What to Expect in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2015 - 'nominal wall thickness adviser' to interrogate given CAD models suitability for injection molding, option to export results directly to eDrawings, Peter Harkness, Solid Solutions, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Four Favorites in 2015 - SOLIDWORKS Inspection added to SOLIDWORKS Installation manager, document setting templates, ability to edit on the fly, to export to inspection project, Cody Pendzich, SolidNotes, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

MySolidWorks: A Expanding Community Service - MySolidWorks Drive connects to user's cloud storage services, new manufacturing matching service to put production work up for bid, resellers can deliver materials to their customers through secure medium, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Bundle All Your References in One Shot with SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go Feature - use the 'include drawings' option to grab all associated drawings, 'flatten to single folder' option takes all of references, puts them into one single directory, John Hall, CADD Edge, Oct 3, 2014 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Enginuity Transformed to ENOVIA and the 3DExperience Platform - Enginuity is now made up of first class objects in ENOVIA, follows data-centric approach, has cost optimization, material alternates/substitutes capabilities, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Oct 1, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Lightweight Material Champions - Aluminum has been slowly gaining ground in automotive industry, high-strength steel has its advantages too, considering downstream consequences of lightweighting, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Smart Work - easy-to-use, Colortrac SmartLF SG scanners are available in 36", 44" sizes, 3 modes: monochrome, color, enhanced, use ClearView white LED illumination, improved performance, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more Colortrac scanners reviews)

MSI WS60 20J Workstation - mobile workstation with 15.6" screen, 1.9 kg weight, 19.9 mm thickness, Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M GPU, certified for mainstream BIM workflows, AutoCAD, AEC Magazine, Sep 30, 2014 (more AEC articles, laptop reviews)

Wiring Up - EPLAN's Electric P8 automates most time consuming electrical design tasks, providing complete solution for planning, documentation, control of electrical automation projects, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

Will AutoCAD Install on Windows 10? - installing on Windows 10 is smoother, vanilla AutoCAD takes 15 minutes to install from USB 3.0 external hard drive, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Start the Program with a Command Line Switch - right-click program icon on Windows desktop to select properties, open product properties dialog box to append parameters for switch in AutoCAD, Sunith Babu, Daily CAD Tips, Oct 5, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Manage CADWorx Project Resources with Symlinks - create Symlinks from Windows command line, open project resources folder to place .cfg, .cat, or .prj files, change Symlink type dropdown list to ‘file symbolic link’ in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Oct 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Removing Buttons from QuickAccessToolbar Crashes AutoCAD - ensure to provide unique Id to ribbon button to avoid AutoCAD crash, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Display Sliced Solids of Pipe Networks in Section - select structures, structure style, display method to slice manholes as solid, show structure that are visible per cross section in Civil 3D 2015, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Oct 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Hide Component in DrawingView Using ControlDefinition - workaround is selecting component in BrowserPane, executing relevant ControlDefinition on it; VBA solution to get to needed object, then execute command on it in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

AddDesignVisualizationAttachment BadAttachmentOrder Error - occurs when using AddDesignVisualizationFileAttachment() to attach DWF to IDW in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 2, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Revit 2015 Shared Parameter Tool Tips - click edit tooltip button in parameter properties dialog to add description, shared parameters file is not available externally restricting addition/modification of tooltips later, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Oct 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Property Lines and Tagging Arcs - create property boundary by entering distances, bearings or by sketching, tag property line segments in absence of arc/curved segments in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Schedules: Calculated Totals - visit formatting tab, select calculated totals for area, volume to display grand total for structural foundation schedule in Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Arch: No Quick Calculator Like AutoCAD - input parameters in commands or properties to support calculations, start with = sign before inserting mathematical formula, click dimension icon to turn temporary dimension into permanent dimension, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Boundary Conditions Error When Trying to Place - employ structural template in new project, transfer structural settings into project to place boundary condition elements, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Chapter 5 - Assemblies, Pt 1: Mates and Patterns - ability to view, edit min, max values of limit mate in graphics area, 'copy with mates' now supports more advanced mates, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Apply Your Center Mark and Actually Using It Too - SOLIDWORKS 2015 includes ability to add center marks to set of center marks, reattaching dangling center marks, automatically applying connection lines to center mark sets upon creation, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM, Pt 1: High Performance Migration - prepare source data by updating files to latest version supported by SOLIDWORKS EPDM version, avoid setting long file paths/invalid characters, adjust Vault settings, prepare host before performing migration, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 1: Imaginary Rays - start smart dimension tool, in drawing view, select model edge, select collinear, adjacent point, crosshair's segments, place dimension in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 06: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 2 - reviews revolved circular surface, discusses squircle, lofted surfaces, tips to maintain continuity across new surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sketch - Tracing Images - activate Autotrace functionality, employ ‘sketch picture’ command to insert image into sketch, scale, position image before tracing image, apply boss extrude feature to extrude sketch profile in SOLIDWORKS, Nick Jones, Solid Solutions, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles Shares His 3D Vision - talked about 'experience economy,' enriching company's product offering through acquisitions, running powerful apps in cloud, social user experiences, Rebecca Lambert, OnWindows, Oct 2, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, CATIA articles)

Tekla Structures 20 - new 'organizer' makes it easy to generate quantity take-off reports for specific objects in specific locations within building, can handle more complex forms, Direct manipulation tools are available directly from software, shape catalogue for feature for importing, exporting, viewing custom 3D shapes, AEC Magazine, Oct 1, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Fujitsu Celsius H730 - 15.6" screen, Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics card, offers PalmSecure palm vein authentication system, good all-round machine for CAD or BIM, AEC Magazine, Sep 30, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

The Promise of Virtualization: Secure Remote Access to 3D Data - understanding benefits of centralized delivery of 3D apps, workstations, implementing virtualization technologies, Yvonne Dresser, Cadalyst, Oct 2, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, collaboration articles)

The Democratization of Manufacturing - and PLM Software - innovative product developers discussed new landscape where SMBs are thriving, role of cloud-based Autodesk PLM 360 at Accelerate 2014 event, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Oct 2, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

Can Complex Product Development Teams use Cloud-Based PLM? - cloud solutions can have lower barriers to adoption, cloud-based solutions can be implemented without involving enterprise IT teams, John Hayes, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 2, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Create Instant Photoreal Snapshots with Visualizer - extension provides instant photographic previews of SketchUp models, exports fast, clean photoreal images, Mark Harrison, SketchUpdate, Oct 1, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

MSC Aims to Take CAE from Frustrating to Efficient - based on computational parts approach, MSC Apex provides full associativity between geometric, analysis data, Apex Modeler is available via annual lease for $7,500 per seat, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Oct 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles, Autodesk 360 articles)

Piezoelectric Materials: Understanding the Standards -strain-charge, stress-charge form, 2 definitions for crystal cut in COMSOL Multiphysics, James Ransley, COMSOL Blog, Oct 2, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Creating a Civil 3D Surface from Text Data - using MOVETEXTTOELEVATION command to create surface from survey type provided data, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Electrical Sub-Panels with Lugs in Revit - creating panel schedule template for panels with 48 circuits, placing electrical panels, assigning panel schedule, breakers, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Oct 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Asymmetric Fillets - fillet command now allows asymmetric fillets, add elliptical fillets along with asymmetrical conic fillets, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - SOLIDWORKS Treehouse: Create SOLIDWORKS Product Structure Without Using SOLIDWORKS - create assembly structures complete with parts, sub-assemblies, associated drawings, create, modify custom properties, Robert McGaughey, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Gusset Enhancements - ability to create gussets between disjointed planar surface bodies that are separated by structural member, body radius or gap, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

The ABC of Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS - understanding folder structure for weldment profile, Deepak Gupta, Boxer's CAD CAM Blog, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Engineering Workstation, Cluster or Cloud? - engineers looking for single, definitive solution face disappointment, faster workstations, workstation-based clusters, cloud solutions offer more iterative design solutions, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, engineering analysis articles)

Create 3D Cells in MicroStation - putting together custom cell that emphasizes views of any 3D object to be highlighted within project, YouTube, Sep 30, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Optimizing Common Roughing Technology - shops that adopt new cutting tool, machine tool, toolpath technology are at huge advantage, Hassan Narasimhan & Randy Hudgins, MoldMaking Technology, Oct 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

BIM Libraries - speed up model creation by downloading content from web portal to add real world objects, AEC Magazine, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

PCIe SSDs for CAD, BIM and Point Clouds - testing combination of SATA, PCIe SSDs using point cloud software, LFM Server, as well as Revit, 3ds Max, AEC Magazine, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Inertia in Custom Units - convert internal unit to proper form using UnitsOfMeasure object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 1, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Creating a Sloped Wall - sloped wall vs sloped slab, creating sloped Wall from Mass in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Section Navisworks Models - bisecting, dividing working models in various ways to emphasize features to be isolated, YouTube, Oct 1, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Use Navisworks to Create Animated Building Walkthroughs - creating specific viewpoints to highlight project features to be shared, YouTube, Oct 1, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Manufacturing the Future: How 3D Printing Went from Pipe Dream to Your Desktop - 3D printing is now commonly regarded as technology having society-shaping potential, public conversations are about transformative manufacturing processes, Brian Heater, Digital Trends, Sep 26, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing's New Materials: Plastics, Ceramics, Composites and More - exploring extensive variety of newer non-metal options: resins, other liquid/semi-liquid materials, powders, filament, carbon fibers, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Mate to Center Rectangular and Cylindrical Profiles - 'mate to center' automatically center aligns common component types to each other, fully defines components, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

On Top of Everything Else, SOLIDWORKS 2015 Does 3D Printing - currently 'print to 3D' command only works with MakerBot 3D printers, Microsoft Windows 8.1 is needed to make 3D print, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Variable Pattern - ability to set, vary each instance independently to create even more flexible patterns, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Add-in Load Times - add-ins dialog box displays amount of time it took to load add-ins last time user started SOLIDWORKS, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL 2015 Open with DraftSight - edit symbols and similar content, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What's New in Enterprise PDM 2015: New License System - uses SolidNetWork license manager to control access, admin can see available licenses, allow or restrict user access to vault, Jay Thompson, CAPUniversity, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

DDR4 Memory Technology: What's in a Number? - 4th generation of double data rate technology supports data transfer rate between 1,600 and 3,200 Mb/s, offers higher memory density, lower power consumption, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Sep 30, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Software Certification Questions on Virtual Machines - currently, some CAD software titles are certified to run in virtualized environment; bandwidth connection, interconnects play important role in determining interactive experience, performance of software running on virtual machine, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 30, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, cloud articles)

3 Companies That Could Become The Kinko's of 3D Printing - FedEx Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Walgreen Company might offer 3D printing services to consumers, Rakesh Sharma, Benzinga, Sep 30, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Final Stage of the Revolution: Commoditization of 3D - CAD world needs is new business model, Jess Davis, upFront.eZine, Sep 30, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Stratasys Grabs CAD - GrabCAD's collaboration platform is CAD agnostic, will provide easier access to CAD data; acquisition increases collaboration, accessibility of 3D CAD files that could accelerate adoption of Stratasys' 3D printing technologies, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 30, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles, MCAD articles)

Quick Tip: How to Hyperlink Anything - create library of bullets to represent various link options, open URL, click on hyperlink, insert objects to receive hyperlink, check options before opening hyperlink in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Sep 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Displaying the Area of the Last AutoCAD Entity in an HTML Palette Using JavaScript and .NET - reload palette forcing page load to call back from JavaScript to .NET, define hidden JavaScript command, register JavaScript method using registerCallback(), Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Customizing CAdUiListCtrl - employ custom draw function to customize function, insert MFC list control before adding member variable for it, replace CListCtrl with custom list control class in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Sep 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Everything You Need to Know About Working Offline with AutoCAD 360 - hit information cycle icon located in right corner of drawing thumbnails, click 'download to offline' button to download drawings in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Sep 30, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Five Degrees of Separation - simulate curve by installing pipes with allowable deflection, apply 'trial and error' method to create curves, export/import from shape file in Civil 3D, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 30, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Is Autodesk Fusion 360 Ultimate Ready for the Big Time? - Kevin Schneider of Autodesk addresses objective of Fusion 360, need to connect products, tools, reset balance between CAD tool, collaboration, view representation feature of Inventor, Inventor vs Fusion 360, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Sep 30, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, Inventor articles)

Search Non- Ballooned Components - collect components containing balloon, filter ones without balloon from all referenced documents in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Tips & Tricks for Better Section Views in Inventor - right click on view, choose edit to modify actual sketch, click on dimension to specify length of extensions, select sketch before applying view sketch option by clicking on start sketch option, Clinton Brown, CADline, Sep 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Customizing the Look of the Recent Files Screen in Revit - open internet options, visit general tab, click on accessibility button to tick 'ignore font styles specified on webpages' option, tap fonts button to change font for recent files screen, Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, Sep 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Export Revit to nwc - convert all element parameters, properties to make searchsets work in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Sep 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

FEA and Composites, Pt 1 - as soon as composite strength value is exceeded by stress level present in any ply, structure has failed; understanding logical approach to assessing strength results in thin shell structures, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Extend Your CAE Software to Design of Experiments and Optimization - CAE integration platform, modeFRONTIER uses 'Design of Experiments,' optimization algorithms to automate design process, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 24, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Engineers Optimize Designs to Keep Them Light and Strong - key to prevent data explosion in optimization is to restrict archive to only most promising design variants, their associated parameters, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

How to Get the Most Out of Arrow Plots in COMSOL Multiphysics - powerful tool for visualizing field distribution, handling issues involved: arrow color doesn't stand out enough, volume is stacked with too many layers of arrows, Ruud Borger, COMSOL Blog, Sep 30, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Variable Pattern - select dimensions from patterned feature to add 'pattern table,' set, vary each instance independently to create flexible patterns in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Feature - What Products are You Entitled to? - click on 'my products' link task pane under SOLIDWORKS tools menu to display list of products available under license, Mike Hansen, Fisher/Unitech, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

You Can Clean Up with 3D Views in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - 3D views model position, orientation, zoom scale, view settings, allows creating model, dimensions, tolerance views, offers flexibility, views created in SOLIDWORKS comes integrated with eDrawings, 3D PDF, Oboe Wu, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Surfacing - employ sketcher to convert traditional splines into style splines, Andrew Berwald, YouTube, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Sketch Tools - discusses sketch relations, click midpoint line to create line symmetrical from midpoint of line, Krystine Thoroughman, YouTube, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What's Going on with BIM in Russia - BIM is increasingly adapted in design field, considering role of state in adapting BIM, estimated increase of BIM programs, Vladimir Talapov, CADdigest.com, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

ODA Releases 3D PDF Component - 3D PDF component will allow Teigha based applications to convert 3D data in DWG or DGN file to 3D PDF file, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Sep 23, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, PDF articles)

Bentley Acquires SITEOPS Civil/Site Design - SITEOPS is site engineering product that allows civil engineers, site planners to look at piece of land, simulate its use, helps figure out best layout vs cost alternatives, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 29, 2014 (more Civil Engineering articles)

Sharing is Caring: How Real CAD Users Share Data - survey reports primary MCAD system is SOLIDWORKS, users use native format when sharing with collaborators, STEP file when sharing with clients, fabricators, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Sep 29, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Training Entrepreneurs for the Internet of Things - PTC will donate software, training materials, ThingWorx apps to Lassonde Studio at the University of Utah to help students understand new technology, design smarter, better products, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 29, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

Can 3D Printing Help Kids Learn How to Write? - kids use 3D printed set of solid letters to compose words, sentences at Montessori school, 3D models of solid digraphs help improve tools for writing learning, 3D Perspectives, Sep 29, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Autodesk CTO Reveals Details of Their Spark 3D Printing Platform & Printer: More Coming at Inside 3D Printing Conference - Spark will be compatible with any, all types of 3D printers, has ability for slicing object, creating needed print orientation for that object, Eddie Krassenstein, 3D Print.com, Sep 25, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Challenge 6: Plan Your Drawing - set clear goals, plan deadlines, milestones, content, customers, response, resources before sketching thumbnail version of drawing in AutoCAD, Paul Munford, CAD Notes, Sep 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Mass Haul Diagrams in Civil 3D - visit analyze, 'volumes and materials' menu to select mass haul, fill details in wizard before clicking on create diagram button, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Sep 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Capture and Integrate: Autodesk's ReCap Pro Looks to Clean Up 3D Scanning - creates improved accuracy reports, checks quality of laser scans, provides tools to analyze, detect, fix problematic laser scans, seeks to integrate digital, physical worlds with reality computing technology, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 29, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Inventor Foundations: Basics of Sketching & Modeling - set base sketch properly to ensure model integrity that allows adding/subtracting subsequent features, change/deletion of fillets will have no impact on any geometry created prior to fillet, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

List Custom iProperties of Selected Occurrence - select component, employ Inventor API to obtain iProperties from document that is represented by that occurrence, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Modify a Section Cut in Inventor - right click on section line, select edit selection properties to change section depth to distance, pick distance that will stop cutting to obtain desired results, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Parametric Dumb Solids with Hybrid Direct Editing - understanding setup to remodel complex models in Inventor, Australian CAD Blog, Sep 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic - Delete All iLogic Rules in Entire Assembly - install Vault, lock released files properly to prevent edits before applying code to delete every iLogic rule in component assembly, Luke Davenport, CADline, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Spot Slope Revit - slope direction allows setting slope to point down or up, leader line length changes length of both arrow, triangle option in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Sep 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Events, Again, and Creating an Extrusion Roof - employ NewExtrusionRoof method to add new external command named CmdNewExtrusionRoof, generate stair-shaped element in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Customized Rights Management - new application rights management interface allows admin users run various levels of access across application, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Archive Environment - avail feature to custom archive or maintain backup of database, select all objects, objects modified by user, set reminders to do regular backups, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Move Face - tool helps in multibody selection for translate operations, new end conditions work in assembly, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Width Mate and Angle Mate - angle mate feature has more graphical notifications to tell which angle is complimentary or supplementary, new reference entity option in property manager helps make that distinction, Ketul Patel, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Microsoft Office Add-in for Enterprise PDM - add-in will allow contributors, editors to perform ePDM functions directly from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, has ability to check-out file, in session, not lose changes made to read-only file, Ryan Dally, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Set Up Your Team for Successful Collaboration - importance of collaboration, role of Xrefs, learn about collaborative documentation, coordination, cross-pollination, Curt Moreno, AUGI Library, Sep 26, 2014 (more collaboration articles)

Scan to BIM Still Requires Expert Modelers - busting myths: point cloud is easy, it is error free, point cloud can be exported to Revit BIM, it is ready to use, Bhushan Avsatthi, Informed Infrastructure, Sep 18, 2014 (more AEC articles, 3D scanners articles)

Is NBS Becoming the Google of BIM? - launch of NBS BIM Object Standard is welcome, but we will need stimulus of competition, John Eynon, CIOB, Sep 25, 2014 (more AEC articles)

The Future of Simulation-Driven Product Development - advancements in digital design solutions will help simulation-driven product development grow exponentially, Pranit Banthia, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Resetting Autodesk Standalone Licenses - open file explorer, check file name extensions, hidden items boxes to open program data folder, locate files to rename in Windows 8.1, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 26, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

To Split a Hole Chart Using Filters - set filter to hole chart so that it shows counterbore holes, generate another hole chart from current hole chart before setting filter that shows piped holes, contain remaining holes in AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical articles)

BOM Report Job - open BOM view to generate BOM report that is open, employ plug-in that hooks to job server to trigger reports when items change state in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Sep 26, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles

Using iLogic as an Automated 3D Costing Tool - tip to automate cost instantly without exporting BOM to Excel, link Inventor to Excel to populate quote, Australian CAD Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

How to Calculate and Report Sweep Length in Autodesk Inventor - employ iLogic, custom code to extract parametrically linked sweep length data in Inventor, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, Sep 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Snap Overrides in Revit - press/release tab keep to cycle through different applicable snaps, type keyboard shortcut for required snap to make selection easier, James Philip, CADline, Sep 26, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Options - open design options editor to create new option set, duplicate first routing option to create secondary option, edit duplicated elements to create second duct layout in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Sep 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Divide Path Direction - start 2 point adaptive family, place array using 2 edges, check numbers on path before ticking 'flip direction' option to set path to correct direction in Revit, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Sep 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Proper 3D Printer Shutdown - Stratasys 3D Printer Support Tip - run shutdown wizard if 3D printer is not going to be in use for 2-3 weeks; for longer periods, run machine flush/fill wizard, load machine with cleaning solution, Dave Murawski, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 26, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Building the 3D Printing Community - makerspaces set up in local communities, 3D printing cafes are offering tutorials on 3D printing skills; portals like 3D Hubs are connecting makers to 3D printers across globe, Laura Griffiths, TCT Magazine, Sep 11, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - The How & Why of Reduced File Sizes - Q&A with Vajrang Parvate regarding storage/hardware costs, features, SOLIDWORKS 2015 product design limits, effects of file reduction on performances, backwards compatibility, Michael Lord, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Favorites - import/export project data from Excel files, check enhanced archive environment features, formula manager, data managers, connector management, XML export options, routing analysis, editing through DraftSight, interface upgrades, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - New Formula Manager UI - refine UI to avail recently used formulas, variables for complex marking systems, syntax checking, wires now include wire properties, Corey Kubichka, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Beyond the Concept - SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual offers simple layout, has workflow similar to SOLIDWORKS, predictive search bar, powerful PDM, Nathan Dunn, MCADCafe, Sep 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What Kind of Dog are You? SOLIDWORKS Display States & Configurations - definition of Configurations, using, editing them, usage in drawings, reasons to use configurations, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Wrap Feature - employ wrap command to emboss/deboss material based on flat sketch, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Sep 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Routing - tips to apply rectangular piping in SOLIDWORKS, John Lieber, YouTube, Sep 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3D Printing Reshapes Engineering's Future: A Look Inside the Maker Movement - 3D printing virtually took over the event, Local Motors showed off entirely 3D printed 'Strati' vehicle, Iliza Sokol, Machine Design, Sep 25, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

ANSYS Makes Quantum Leap Forward to Incorporate Virtual Systems Prototyping - ANSYS to incorporate Modelon Modelica with its existing IEEE-backed VHDL-AMS modeling technology, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 25, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

MicroStation Tip: Selecting Your DWG Version - set MS_REALDWG_VERSION configuration variable to required DWG compatibility mode to avoid problems related to version incompatibility, Rod Wing, Envision CAD, Sep 25, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Separating Item Code Rows in AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometrics - add isoconfig.xml to control data that populates BOM tables, add size column to AggregatedList, groups for materials, field materials aggregated lists, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

AEC Dimension: Opening/Door/Window Associativity Initiation Failed - apply DWG_cleaner.scr script to turn on all layers, purge registered applications, click checked button before running script, else run DWG_BatchRecover.scr to get rid of error messages in Civil 3D, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Sep 25, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Item Lifecycles with Autodesk Vault 2015 R2 - configure categories with own lifecycle states, controlling who has permission to transition item into next state, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 24, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Inventor: How to Change Welding Material - visit weld tab, process panel to pick welds, select iProperties from context menu to allow physical tab change material in Inventor, John Evans, Design and Motion, Sep 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

*.Add-in File Version Information - add-in versioning allows add-in writer specify versions of Inventor in which add-in will be loaded, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 25, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Ornamental Metal Fence - post height parameter is controlled by height with pickets having offset from both bottom, top of overall height in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Dialog Box, Dialog Box: Where Art Thou Dialog Box? - open Revit, press alt+space key, 'M' to move dialog box, push any arrow key, move mouse to attach active dialog box to mouse cursor, Eric Bogenschutz, HOK BIM Solutions, Sep 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

It's Good to be SOLIDWORKS - Q&A related to 3DExperience platform integration with SOLIDWORKS, Mechanical Conceptual, Industrial Conceptual, My.SolidWorks.com portal, SOLIDWORKS Treehouse, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Breakout SOLIDWORKS 2015 - render like pro with PhotoView 360, check new assembly techniques to accommodate design changes, surfacing tools, parts, features, upgraded simulation suite, SOLIDWORKS Electrical key schematics, EPDM features, Jesse Sprague, CADimensions Blog, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Blog Series Decimal Rounding - options to round half away from zero, round half towards zero, round half to even, truncate without rounding, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Drawing: Zoom to Sheet - 'zoom to sheet' command automatically zooms to fit the sheet only, regardless of views that may exist outside sheet boundaries, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Weldments - weldment feature enhancements, new set of options to control behavior of weldments at document level, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Treehouse  - employ tool to create, modify assemblies in diagram interface, Tandy Banks, YouTube, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Chain Component Pattern  - visit chain pattern PropertyManager to pattern components along chain path in SOLIDWORKS, Nic Rady, YouTube, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 05: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 1 - overview of surfacing tools, capping ends scenario, extrude, evolve surface method, flat vs curved surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Smack, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tip: Use Design Checker to Find Dangling Dimensions - visit build checks inside design checker option, create new standards file, choose dangling dimension/annotation, un-check pre-defined standards in design-checker task pane before adding new standards in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Apps Blog, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - Why Does the Date Format Differ from Today's Date and Other Dates? - visit 'region and language' section inside Windows control panel to change Windows date, right click on vault in EPDM admin, select properties to update EPDM date format, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Push the Panic Button on CAD System Translations - know your outputs, make project managers aware that translating CAD data is not perfect process, consider specific version issues, eliminate translation by running numbers, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 24, 2014 (more CAD translation articles)

Creating Training Videos Just Got Easier - freeware Any Video Converter (AVC) by Ultimate Multimedia Solutions to convert formats, make resolutions consistent, process audio, makes adding videos for batch conversion easy, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 24, 2014 (more CAD training articles)

EXALEAD OnePart: More Than Just Search - OnePart connects to all of enterprise systems having information about part, increases reuse rate of existing parts, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Sep 23, 2014 (more Dassault articles)

AMD Targets the Mother of All Niche Markets - commercial PC sales are staging comeback in 2014, AMD has retooled internally to grab market share, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 23, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Radica Software Runs on Visio - Electra software does 2D electrical design work using Visio as its graphics engine, v7 has new pneumatic, hydraulic design capabilities, 2x faster start up, price starts from $998, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Sep 25, 2014 (more Visio articles)

Dassault Systemes, Intergraph, and NEOLANT Participate in <<Multi-D>> Software Project Developed by a Russian Nuclear Power Plant - based on 3D visual model, Multi-D offers range of tools to model in detail construction, installation processes, to optimize numerous aspects of NPP construction early in preparatory stages, isicad, Sep 22, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Mantis Vision Announces Aquila 3D-Scanning Tablet - 8" tablet is intended to give developers set of tools to produce 3D content, create new applications that use 3D technology, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Sep 2014 (more 3D scanners articles)

Integrated Software Helps Optimize FPSO Design - SACS software from Bentley is integrated suite of software that supports analysis, design, fabrication, installation of offshore structures like FPSO topside structure, Cathy Chatfield-Taylor, Offshore, Sep 17, 2014 (more STAAD articles)

Aras Serves Up PLM Licensing Program for OEMs - independent software vendors can license entire Aras PLM product suite or just subset of underlying technology under new OEM licensing program, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Sep 24, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Newsmaker: Jeff Kowalski - Autodesk executive talks about CAD, parametric design, cloud, Autodesk investing in advanced manufacturing, David Sokol, Architectural Record, Sep 24, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Reduce the Complexity in Controlled Surface Design - load master selection part file with overall design parameters, employ sub-assembly skeletons to reduce design complexities, derive simple forms, work directly on surfaces, apply derived surfaces to create components in Inventor, John Evans, AUGI Library, Sep 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor MFG for BIM Export to Navisworks - open Navisworks, append Inventor assembly to place model, set model in correct position if model is assembled upside down or with origin plane before saving model as native Navisworks file, David Gate, CADline, Sep 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, Navisworks articles)

Creating Civil 3D Surface from Contours - assign elevations to contours, check different combinations before setting 'minimize flat areas by' options in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D Project Template for Visual Studio - create simple project, configure all required references with respective reference paths, debug settings, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Sep 24, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Copy Revit Project Settings to Other Projects - open both source, target project, select target project file where settings is to be copied, activate 'transfer project standards' tool to copy all settings, delete unnecessary duplicate families in Revit, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Sep 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Quarter Past Eight - employ editing capabilities in camera views to move, align, pin objects after selection, reset target button for perspective views when camera is pointing to other side in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Sep 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Modifying, Saving and Reloading Families - employ FamilyManager AddParameter method to save family, replace all text note type fonts in all loaded families in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Hydroforming - cost effective method to shape ductile metals into structurally stiff, strong parts, uses high pressure hydraulic fluid to press metal into desired shape, Jack Wolf, MasterGraphics, Sep 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

TCT Show + Personalize 2014 Preview - 5 key 3D printing processes: filament-based systems, UV curable resins, SLA, sintering for plastics, printing with materials, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 24, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

In Vectorworks 2015, What's New is Really New - 64-bit functionality throughout Vectorworks product line, advanced 3D functionality, new wall tools, updates for its Landmark Civil product, Spotlight set design, mobile accessibility, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Sep 24, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

Vectorworks Tip: Basic Tools - Class Options - 'active only' class option causes trouble with objects that are inside groups or symbols, Jonathan Pickup, Archoncad, Sep 24, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

5 Big Advancements in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - shell manager helps visualize shells, incremental results viewer shows step-wise deformation of simulation, new dynamic load allows access fatigue with vibration, calculate rotating velocity with rotating mesh, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Routing HVAC Ducting Support - visit tools, routing menu to avail piping, flexible tubing, electrical, routing tools, visit route properties PropertyManager to define user defined route type, create ducting styles, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Model Break Views - available in Professional, Premium, MBD versions, model break view tool shortens components, display breaks on drawing views, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - Shell Manager Magic - employ shell manager tool to define shells faster, visit shell manager, preview offset to ensure accuracy of model definitions, David Torick, HRS Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Sheet Metal - discusses PEM holes with sheet metal parts, new capabilities when using lofted bends feature or creating mirror sheet metal parts, components, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Registry Reset: Dude, Where Did My Settings Go? - type regedit in Windows start search, open key, add prefix to rename folder while resetting registry, maintain backup or save registry settings to resolve unexplained issues in SOLIDWORKS, Paul Hagenow, CAPUniversity, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS PhotoView: Keep Your Perspective - change aspect ratio to set perfect perspective, avoid clipping in SOLIDWORKS, Wayne White, CADD Edge, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Xi MTower PCIe Workstation - has Intel Core i7-4790K CPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card, runs CAD programs twice faster as compared to Dell M4800 laptop, good warranty coverage, available for $3114, Ryan Reid, CADdigest.com, Sep 24, 2014 (more Xi workstation reviews)

Arena Solution's PLM Vision 2014+ - Arena Solutions has added supply chain solutions in addition to PLM, has focused on demand analysis, projects, compliance, quality, supplier collaboration, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Sep 23, 2014 (more Arena PLM articles, PLM articles)

How to Use Constraints in Creo Parametric Sketch - exploring 9 types of constraints: vertical, horizontal, perpendicular, tangent, mid-point, parallel, coincident, equal, symmetric, Waqas Ahmad, Mechanical 360, Sep 22, 2014 (more Creo tutorials)

ArchiCAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie Flow, Pt 2: Data Mapping - ArchiCAD users with existing processes can create mapping, push out IFC and/or COBie data; 3 types of data can be mapped: general parameters, object parameters, static text, Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects, Sep 22, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles, AEC articles)

Siemens Goes Big at SMM in Hamburg - Siemens showcased new products from its Drive Technologies business; highlight of exhibit was new diesel/electric eSiPod propulsion system, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 23, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

ANSYS Partners with Modelon to Enable Virtual Systems Prototyping - ANSYS customers will gain access to Modelon's leading functional mock-up interface (FMI) technology, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Sep 23, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

HoneyComb: A New and Free Browser-Based Parametric CAD Platform for 3D Printing - parametric CAD program has simple interface, users can sketch 2D objects, convert them into full 3D shapes, created designs are stored in cloud using STL file format, Cabe Atwell, SolidSmack, Sep 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles, cloud articles)

Learn How to be Proficient with Layers - visit drawing tools menu to create new layers, turn on/off layer visibility, isolate layers, select bulb icon to turn on selected layer while keeping other layers off in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Sep 23, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Cancelling AcGsView::RenderToImage - create custom progress monitor class, override OnProgress method, return true to stop RenderToImage in class derived from AcGsRenderProgressMonitor in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Sep 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Just a Pipe Dream - draft network of pipes using AutoCAD OFFSET command, export SHP files before importing them files to create pipe network in Civil 3D, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Surfacing Showdown: Autodesk vs Dassault Systemes CATIA - CATIA offers superior surfacing capabilities but are not user friendly, CATIA add-ons like Imagine, Shape cost over $20k, Australian CAD Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CATIA articles)

Fast Booleans Using the API - employ TransientBRep functionality to perform modeling work without overhead of creating standard feature, create transient copies of base/tool bodies before performing multiple Boolean operations in Inventor, Brian Ekins, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

PackAndGo from C++ - set design project, options, get referenced files, add referenced files for package, start utility to create package in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Re-Examining Revit Based Plumbing Fixture Calculations, Pt 2 - build parameter that identifies applicable code, split total occupancy in half to adjust space usage between male, female, calculate simple ratios, fixture counts with graduated ratios, Cesar Escalante, Ideate, Sep 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Planting Plans, Pt 4: Styles and Mixes - create schedule key to access styles, plant mix as single area that has parameters for each plant type within mix in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Drawing Zones - right click sheet to open sheet properties, select zone parameters tab to set zone size, margins in SOLIDWORKS, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Feedback for Balloon Asterisks and Spline Leader - hover over asterisk in balloon whose leader is attached to component to avail instant feedback, check new options to create spline leaders for both notes, balloons, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Drawings & Detailing - discusses drawing zones, new decimal, tolerance rounding options, view enhancements, notes, balloons, tables, new detailing options, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Tips You Should Know for September - hit tab key while hovering mouse over part to hide part, employ 'save as' to replace references of virtual component, manage splines by resetting all handles, Jenn Precopio, CADimensions Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Insert a Hex Bolt into an FDM 3D Printed Part - model bolt in SOLIDWORKS, open model into Insight software before printing part on Fortus 250 printer, Dave Belanger, YouTube, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, rapid prototyping articles)

Have You Looked at Zone Stamps Recently? - ArchiCAD 18 has ability to set fixed width value for zone stamp, new metadata, digital approximation data display, zone stamps, its relation to anchor point are scale sensitive, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Sep 22, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Default Contact Stiffness Behavior for Bonded Contact - presence of any non-bonded contact region results in contact stiffness factor for all contact pairs, good practice would be to manually specify contact stiffness factor for all contact pairs, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Sep 22, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Modeling with Architectonic Tile: A Conversation with Tilelook - Q&A with Marco Rossi about FLEXIBLE ARCHITECTURE catalog, its unique features, advice to SketchUp users, SketchUpdate, Sep 22, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

Project Collaboration - share templates, plot style tables, title blocks, custom linetypes among project members, establish work standards, communicate regularly, standardize files, project names, surfaces, profiles, pipe networks to increase Civil 3D productivity, Bryan Tanner, AUGI Library, Sep 22, 2014 (more Civil 3D articles)

Autodesk Accelerate: Customers Talk PLM 360 - Andrew Anagnost of Autodesk talked about company's view on future of making things, Brian Roepke gave sneak preview of what's coming in PLM 360, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 22, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Sequentially Number AutoCAD Text Objects - visit express tools tab, select auto number to sequentially count text objects in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Sep 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Wicked Smart Command Line - simply type PLINE or PL to invoke POLYLINE command, press 2 key to check commands with blocks to insert, layers to switch that contains 2 in its name in AutoCAD, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Sep 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Organic Placement Using MassFx - create drop, catch objects, place object to drop above object to catch, avail MassFX toolbar shortcuts to set parameters of bottle, cork, adjust physical mesh of bottle before starting simulation, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Sep 22, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Surfacing Showdown: Autodesk Inventor vs Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS - surfacing is faster in Inventor as it focuses on design using NURBS, T-Splines, SOLIDWORKS emphasizes on tools to create planes, 2D/3D sketches, offers better surface quality compared to that in Inventor, Australian CAD Blog, Sep 23, 2014 (more Inventor articles, SOLIDWORKS articles)

Add a Flange to the End of a Contour Roll - employ sheet metal flange tool to create flange, add other standard flanges to flatten, create panels as single unit in Inventor, Charles Parnell, Cadalyst, Sep 22, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

The Vault Browser in Autodesk Inventor - refresh Vault browser in Inventor so that it reflects current state of files, update properties for active document, visit filter files listed in Vault browser, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD to Bring Accessibility to 3D Printing - GrabCAD Workbench to be tightly integrated with Stratasys' 3D printer offerings to help make 3D printing more accessible, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Sep 16, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles, MCAD articles)

3D Printing Issues and Challenges: Material Costs - manufacturers need to deem 3rd party materials as sales opportunity, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 22, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Costing - costing on weldments, plastic injection molding, 3D printed, cast parts, option to choose stock body allows recognizing machining operations separately from molded geometry, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Limit Mates in the UI - select one face of assembly, click view mates, pick limit distance from mate, avail improved 'edit mate UI' to update entire limit mate dimensions, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Manager Showcase: What's New in Assemblies - open tools suite of applications, avail new treehouse functionality to set up assembly structure for new project, view/interact with assembly structure of existing assembly, Craig Checkley, Solid Apps Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 What's New - Shells  - employ shell manager to specify properties of shells in model easily, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Manager Showcase: What’s New in EPDM - selection filters based on file types allows easy working with large product structures, thumbnail previews offer instant visual clue of file, check file editing dialogs for searching destination folders, Craig Checkley, Solid Apps Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

So You're Planning Your 2015 Enterprise PDM Upgrade - search for 16/24 digit serial number, determine server that is in use as new software change prevents license activation on some virtual machines, editor client now runs only on 64-bit computers, Tonia Lauer, Fisher/Unitech, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - Displaying State as Note in a Drawing - set initial state name in control's properties, map variables attribute to custom property, add action in transitions proceeding state, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Sep 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Sometimes Size Does Matter - Why Clamp Tonnage is Important - when clamp force supplied by injection molding machine is insufficient to manufacture designed part, user may get some flash around part, SOLIDWORKS Plastics helps accurately calculate clamp tonnage required for part, Christopher Ma, HRS Blog, Sep 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

AEC Technology Updates, Fall 2014 - Vectorworks Architect 2015, Newforma Project Center 11th edition, formZ v8, Vico Office R5, Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies, entry of Dassault Systèmes in AEC industry, release of free BIMReview version, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Sep 18, 2014 (more AEC articles)

11 Ways to Avoid a SketchUp Bug Splat - save often, check file with *.skb extension to reclaim file, ensure that versions is up-to-date, purge unused components, avoid excessive hidden geometry, update graphics card driver, Designer Hacks, Sep 22, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

5 Tips for Becoming a Next Generation CAD Designer and Rapid Prototyper - keep updated with market trends, learn about CAD, prototyping process, consider all options, try modeling with SOLIDWORKS, Rhino, Autodesk Fusion 360 tools, determine end goal before starting with designing process, Matt Perez, SolidSmack, Sep 19, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD Selection Highlighting or Effect - check light blue icon in status bar to determine if hardware acceleration is on, set value of SELECTIONEFFECT system variable to turn on/off selection highlighting, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Sep 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Dude, Where is My Favorite AutoCAD Command? - type command in search window of application menu to locate command in AutoCAD, Sam Lucido, CADproTips, Sep 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Exploding Nested AutoCAD Blocks Using .NET - apply Database.ObjectAppended event handler, call custom ExplodeBlock() function for any nested block that gets created, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Challenge 5: Learn the New Features - open AutoCAD help file to check changes in system variables, new features, enhancements, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

To Import 3D Models - drag, drop model into InfraWorks 360, click ‘add data file source’ to open 3D model, configure new data source, visit 3D model tab to adjust model, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 16, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoLISP: EXTRIM Between 2 Edges - define trimming edges, click between 2 selected edges to define area to be trimmed, employ express tool EXTRIM if objects fail to cross selected edges, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 19, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

AutoLISP: Split Dimensions - invoke SPLITDIMS, select dimension to split before picking new point between dimension, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 19, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Inventomizations: Customizing the Inventor InfoTip - locate InfoTip.config file, make ProgramData visible, implement changes in id, name, exclude items, add custom iProperty to standard iProperty, view SAP number before opening file in Inventor, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials

Generate File Number in Inventor - employ automatic file numbering feature to override any existing names, select schema, open ‘generate file number’ dialog, select numbering scheme before changing values in free text number fields, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials

Weird Revit Railing Stuff, Pt 3: Rail Offsets - discusses lack of consistency between old, new style railings with reference to offsets, outcomes for each type in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Sep 20, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

IMAGINiT Revit Utilities Warning: The System was Not Able to Store the License Server Name - verify if user account control setting is set to never notify, obtain license again to solve issue, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revisions and Revision Clouds - add revision cloud directly on view to allow revision appear on revision schedule, apply per project/per sheet numbering option to manage revision numbers for whole project/sheet in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Sep 20, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Flow Simulation Rotating Mesh - sliding mesh mode allows simulating rotating equipment where fluid flow entering rotor is highly non-symmetric with regard to axis of rotation, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 - Enable New License Manager - install software, launch license manager to activate serial number, open EPDM administration tool before logging into Vault to change license, Justin Webster, InFlow Technology, Sep 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Assemblies - discusses new chain pattern assembly feature, workflows for creating assemblies from multi-body parts, exploded view option, angle, width mate enhancements, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - SOLIDWORKS Inspection - employ inspection add-in, standalone interface to easily export, import inspection projects in SOLIDWORKS, Tandy Banks, YouTube, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Plastics  - pattern at mesh stage before going into analysis package in SOLIDWORKS, Bruce Shawler, YouTube, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Drawings  - employ spline leader for drawing patterns or adding notes/balloons, check new options to set location label, Tony Riggs, YouTube, Sep 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Format vs Templates in SOLIDWORKS - templates are saved for parts, assemblies, drawings, sheet formats apply only in drawings, right-click anywhere on drawing to edit sheet format, visit titleblock to add links to custom properties, Ashley Johnson, DASI Solutions, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Vectorworks 2015 Release Highlights Mobile Options - improved Graphics Module, new rectangle Wall tool, level constraint system, Nomad mobile app supports 3D viewing of textured, shaded Vectorworks models via cloud, Cadalyst, Sep 18, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

The Astonishing Way 3D Printing Could Rewire Industrial Society - 3D printing technology is still in its infancy, metal-printing 3D printers are not going to be available for consumer market in near future, itPrint Australia, Sep 17, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

10 Things to Know About MODO for Product Design and Design Visualization - advanced, full integrated renderer, ability to create a wide variety of preset types, Mesh Fusion plug-in to achieve real-time Booleans with subdivision surfaces, flexible VFX rigging system, Andy Brown of Foundry, Novedge, Sep 18, 2014 (more modo articles)

Bluebeam Tips: Presentations without PowerPoint - create new document, chose custom slides template, copy, paste, use markups, snapshot tool to create slides, use presentation mode to run presentation, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Sep 18, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

Lenovo ThinkServer RD340 Shines at Virtualization - single 2.4Ghz Xeon E5-2470 v2 CPU, 32GB RAM, MegaRAID SAS 9240-8i controller, 2 USB ports up front, good performance, at home as file server or a virtual computer host, base price is $1,319, Bill Debevc, CADdigest.com, Sep 19, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

DE Editor Digitally Captured in Photogrammetry and Hand-Held Scanner - photo-based approach is good for capturing humans, but for capturing typical mechanical shapes with flat surfaces, perfect arcs, sharp edges, scanner gives better definition, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 18, 2014 (more Autodesk 123D Catch articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Interview with Melissa Schultz: Converting a Company to Synchronous - transitioning 70 Solid Edge users to Synchronous, taking advantage of hybrid modeling, using training from reseller, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Sep 18, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Organize with the Project Navigator - employ project, constructs, views, sheets tab to correspond to main phases of project creation, open drawing explorer to organize drawing files in AutoCAD Architecture, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Sep 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 Unable to Open - open registry editor, type regedit in search field to change registry key value, John Flanagan, CADline, Sep 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Plant 3D 2015 Deployment Problems with the Object Enabler - create new deployment, deselect option that installs object enabler, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Masking the Wipeout - invoke WIPEOUT command to hide edges of bubbles, turn off wipeout frames or employ 'display but not plot' option to hide frame in AutoCAD P&ID, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Showcase Match Color from Anywhere - right click on object, pick material properties to change single object, 'in scene materials properties' option to change material for whole scene, manually set color or activate picker to match color, David Gate, CADline, Sep 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Licensing and Computer Virtualization - Q&A regarding licensing, service agreement, permissions to install on virtual machines, application of session specific network license type to virtual machine installations, Anthony Hauck, Inside the Factory, Sep 10, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Back to Basics - 4 Autodesk Inventor Techniques You Should Know - select workplane tool to click 2 faces, employ derive workflow to maintain adaptive geometry with source part/assembly, convert project geometry to construction, create plane on endpoint, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Sep 19, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

InfraWorks 2015: Import SketchUp Model - convert SKP file to Collada, DAE, format by exporting SKP from free SketchUp Make 2014, drag, drop DAE file in InfraWorks model before assigning it to correct type, Gaurav Bagga, Ideate, Sep 18, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, SketchUp tutorials)

Create Butt Glazing in a Curtain Wall/Storefront - open 3D view to remove mullions located at corners, unpin glazing, edit panel by clicking edit in-place before selecting geometry to adjust condition in Revit, The Revit Kid, Sep 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 R2. Site Designer for Revit. What It Really Means to You - log into Autodesk subscription site, links to download enhancements categorized into power, performance, productivity groups, Joe Eichenseer, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Sep 18, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Scuttlebutt From IMTS 2014 and More - Mexico is becoming new Detroit of North American manufacturing, 4.5 million cars are estimated to be manufactured there by 2019, Lloyd Graff, Today's Machining World, Sep 17, 2014 (more CAD show articles, CAM articles)

IMTS 2014 - Is Showmanship Dead? - being creative, having fun still matters when selling products, Noah Graff, Today's Machining World, Sep 12, 2014 (more CAD show articles, CAM articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Mirrored Parts and Components - mirror part command to transfer sheet metal information to newly mirrored component, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - eDrawings Now Supports Annotation Views - ability to use 3D annotations like DimXpert dimensions, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Parts & Features - learn new surface feature enhancements like flattening, adding curvature combs to surfaces, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Goal Convergence Symbols in Flow Simulation - tick analysis interval option to check if current value goal is within criterion goal, select 'show convergence history' to enable convergence symbols in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Recent Developments in SOLIDWORKS - preview tiles to view, click expand icon, avail options to edit file, view in read-only, fully resolved, lightweight, large assembly, design review or quick view modes, set particular configuration, display state, Sam Hochberg, SolidNotes, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

DimXpert and Copy Scheme for Configurations - employ DimXpert to dimension gripper pad instance, copy scheme tool to replicate annotation schema from one configuration to other in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Apps Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Create Offset Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS - tips to generate extended surface for asymmetrical 3D solid body, techniques to form complex geometry, cutouts, Matt Perez, YouTube, Sep 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3Dconnexion's SpaceMouse Pro Goes Wireless - SpaceMouse Pro Wireless has comfort advantage, comes with 15 programmable buttons, twin port USB-hub, new driver also has mouse wheel, works in Windows, any software, good battery charge, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, Sep 17, 2014 (more mice reviews)

How to Embed SketchUp Models from the 3Dwarehouse Into Your Portfolio Site - locate SketchUp model on 3Dwarehouse website, choose to embed as thumbnail or 3D viewer, dialogue window pops-up with code snippet, copy it, log-in to portfolio website, add new post, paste code into dialog box, Designer Hacks, Sep 16, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Data Visualization for Optimization and Lightweighting - data analysis and plotting program, Origin supports multiple worksheets, offers 100 built-in graph types, tightly integrated with MATLAB, offers good way to present numerical data as interactive graphics, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 17, 2014 (more MATLAB articles)

There's More to Being a CAD Technician Than AutoCAD Skills - essential skills to getting a job using CAD: math skills, working well with others, learning mindset, industry specific skills, software knowledge, experience, Brian Benton, Novedge, Sep 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles, Jobs and Careers articles)

AutoCAD: Attributes How to Control the Order They are Prompted - select attributes in some specific order when creating block in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

A Couple of Recent Issues - tips to access ribbon drop down pin, settings arrow from API, determine if family instance is joined, obtain face from ReferenceIntersector, modify family instance geometry in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Guide Grids - place plans in sheet views, select view tab to locate, click on button labeled as guide grid, select existing guide grid or mark new grid in Revit, Mike Taylor, BIM Wits, Sep 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Optimize Gear Cooling with Volume of Fluid Simulations - employ good lubrication to ensure that gear system works, study surface interaction between oil, air in drive unit, re-position drive unit's cooling fins using ANSYS Fluent to fix internal heating issues, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 17, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

How to Model Structural Mechanics in COMSOL Multiphysics - conduct static analysis of bracket assembly, perform parametric sweep to analyze bearing load, Amelia Halliday, COMSOL Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Chapter 3 - SolidWorks Fundamentals - add-in load time is displayed, add physical breaks parts, assemblies using model break view tools, ability to open model in position, to view curvature combs for surfaces, Daniel Herzberg, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Grouping Features in Favorite Folders - move specific features to 'Favorites' folder, then group them into subfolder, giving that subfolder specific name, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Update Training - Sketching - enhancements to fundamental sketching tools, create midpoint lines, add construction lines to all rectangle types, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known from the Beginning - click 'zoom fit all' icon to zoom model, verify mode by visiting icon in display window, hit 'set as SOLIDWORKS button' to control mouse movements, create custom orientations using view orientation window, Crystal Yazvac, CAPUniversity, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Custom Cross Hatch - tips to read custom hatch pattern table, set data items to describe linear path in SOLIDWORKS, Eloise Jean, Innova Systems, Sep 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS with Bleach or Who Turned Out the Lights? - click on display manager icon to edit ambient light settings, else change viewport background to allow visibility of white shirt, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical: Wire Harnessing - develop schematic to create well devised bundle, design, create harness drawing using routing, electrical tools, Brian Do, MCAD Tech Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Find Folders with Large Folder Counts in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - understanding query to regulate folders with referencing files inside them in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Jeff Barker, InFlow Technology, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 04: Methods for Fine-Tuning Splines - reasons for occurrence of curvature inflections, utility of conic curve tool, style splines in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Sep 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Storm Clouds on the Horizon - intellectual property in context of digital manufacturing, disruptive effects of 3D printing, inconsistent/inappropriate licensing schemes for 3D data, Tom Kurke, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 16, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns, Pt 2 - arranging multiple line types horizontally, vertically or inclined to create hatch pattern which can be used in fill command in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Sep 16, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Femap App Automates Margin of Safety and Report Writing - SDC Verifier has model recognition tools to help find joints, beam member length, plate dimensions, welds, full report wizard is available to automate process of report generation, reducing time, expense, Amy Bui, Saratech Inc Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more Femap articles)

Dimensions with No Comma Separators - for Mac, go to system preference, open language and region settings, set number separator grouping to none, Cadimage, Sep 17, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor T-Splines Troubleshooting - select warning sign on floating toolbar, pick links to get advice regarding problems related to surface, apply freeform tool to sharpen edge in Inventor, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, Sep 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Lines Display Blurry or Unsharp in AutoCAD 2015 - turn off smooth line display in graphics performance box or edit settings in NVIDIA driver, else reinstall AutoCAD 2015 after updating graphics card driver, Kate Ming, Ideate, Sep 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Applying Parametric Constraints to Dynamic Blocks - tips to create one block that can dynamically adjust based on some parameters in AutoCAD, Donnie Gladfelter, CAD Geek, Sep 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Solids/Fills are No Longer Filled After a LISP Virus - enter FILLMODE variable, set its value to 1, invoke REGENALL to obtain fill, adjust SHADEMODE settings if items are not filled in AutoCAD, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Multi View Blocks: A Different Perspective - create an associated elevation view of multi view block, employ 2D block as style in Civil 3D profile view, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 17, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Uninstalling the Autodesk Design Suites - employ Autodesk uninstall tool to uninstall entire software at once in proper order, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, Sep 15, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Topo, Pt 2: Working the Triangles - turn on triangulation, add point along existing edges or lines to deal with topo/contour irregularity, simplify surface, points along contour lines to reduce number of triangles in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Play Nice in the Sandbox - connection between builders, designers, managerial principles, sharing Revit models, getting rid of improper ideas develops true collaboration, Josh Carney, AUGI Library, Sep 16, 2014 (more Revit articlesAEC articles)

Practical Dynamo - Excel Linking, Pt 2: Keeping Track of Your Families - invoke ElementSelector.ByUniqueID command, create code block before plugging that into SetParameterByName node, BIM Troublemaker, Sep 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Timothy McDonald and Glenn Larson of Ft. Walton Machining: Interview - using SysPro for ERP system, cost effectiveness of moving to CATIA, avoiding multiple file translations headaches, revision, job control processes, engineering aspect in CATIA, John Evans, Design and Motion, Sep 17, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, CATIA articles)

Can Your Search Tool Find Similarly Shaped Files? - Mine Does - EXALEAD OnePart is browser-based, single search box for all of data, regardless of source, can identify files for design reuse, Jeff Gherardi, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 16, 2014 (more Dassault articles)

SOLIDWORKS Launches New Product to Support Paperless Manufacturing - SOLIDWORKS MBD tool publishes 3D product manufacturing information, explains design without 2D drawings, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Weldment End Caps - create end cap with new 'internal' option that allows building end cap to fit inside tube while offsetting recess, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Configurations Toolbar - visit configurations tool bar to select configurations, avail options to detach toolbar from top or bottom ribbon to place it anywhere in graphics area, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Tutorial - Custom Context Menus Graphics Area - customize context sensitive popup menus to make commonly used commands handy while modeling in SOLIDWORKS, Chris Briand, YouTube, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Keyboard Shortcuts - open software, click arrow on far right side of quick access toolbar to select 'more commands,' choose keyboard tab in customize screen to pick command to be added as shortcut, Clare Schaeffer, SolidNotes, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Surf Through Your Models - Why Use SOLIDWORKS Surfacing? - helps in creating geometry that is tangent to edges or has no flat ends, controls every face in model independently, Sasi Sithambaram, CADimensions Blog, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Controlling Tolerances and Decimal Precision in Drawings - click hole callout to add tolerances, employ 'unit precision' drop down to specify decimal precision of main value in SOLIDWORKS drawing, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Modeling a Bike - The Frame - start with 2 straight cylinders in SOLIDWORKS, connect cylinders with frame shapes using lofts, tips for creating straight shafts that are horizontal, Jack Murphy, Solid Solutions, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM Tech Tip: Making a Dynamic Dropdown for Your Datacards - create list containing items that need to be in dropdown, create your query-based list, add new list, for 'data type' choose 'from SQL database,' Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

CAD Gets More Animated - KeyShot, Bunkspeed can import from all major CAD file formats, create more sophisticated animation; Deltagen application specializes in near real-time visualization of big, complex data sets, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more KeyShot articles, rendering articles)

HardMarque Designs Rethinks Manufacturing Through SolidThinking - Nick Hardman used Solid Thinking Inspire software to create design for custom, lightweight titanium piston, then used Evolve to refine shape as well as to add manufacturing requirements economically, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Sep 15, 2014 (more solidThinking articles)

All Quiet on the CAD Lawsuit Front - Auto-Dimensions vs Siemens, Autodesk, Dassault; Autodesk vs ZWSOFT case involves culture clash, missteps by both sides, potential fallout affecting entire AutoCAD workalike industry, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Sep 16, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Openness is a Glorious Thing - openness is driving 3D printing industry forward, everyone involved should agree not to stand in way of other companies offering related products, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 15, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

What's New on the CAD Side of Vectorworks 2015 - new curtain wall tool to design glass walls framed by steel members, named elevations for placing details, deform tool also deforms 3D objects, ability to fade gradients to no color, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Sep 16, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

Even More Find and Select: Building Materials and IFC Properties - create criteria sets based on any IFC property in ArchiCAD 18, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Sep 15, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD Based Programs Quick Exits When Launching Right After Showing Licensing - change permissions on ADLM folder, rename Autodesk files in Flexnet folder, update security permissions on AutoCAD Electrical 2015 shortcut before running it, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Learn the Dimensioning Tools - hit 2 endpoints or double tap line segment/polyline segment to automatically create linear dimension, click on starting, center, end point of angle to create angular dimension in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Sep 15, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Sharing Awesomeness, Pt 2: Data Population in AutoCAD P&ID - perform copy/paste through Windows explorer to update existing project with new drawings, manually modify off-page connectors in master project if they get disconnected in working project, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Importing Minecraft Data into AutoCAD - install MCEdit to install schematic file, create single Solid3d in BlockTableRecord before generating BlockReference for each Minecraft block, apply IMC command to import Tinkercad data into AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Exporting Minecraft Data from AutoCAD - tips to generate blocks in .schematics file using substrate in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

An Easier Way to Change the Snap Value - check LISP routines for ribbon menu that can change snap value, apply modemacro line to permanently display snap value in AutoCAD, Sylvain Coupal, Cadalyst, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Use the Layers Palette for Layer Merge - visit layers palette to select layers to be merged, select merge layers option to view available layers, select desired layer before using sorting options in AutoCAD 2015, Levi Connolly, Cadalyst, Sep 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

5 Quick Tips for Autodesk Inventor Part Modeling - create offset workplane, sketch together, apply 'select other' tool to pick back face of part, sweep along edge, generate four hole pattern, choose slice graphics, project geometry to highlight icons, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Sep 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Change the Display on Dimensions in Inventor - create sketch, add parameters to sketch, select dimension display to change expression in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Sep 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Adaptive Components, Pt 1 - tips to create first adaptive points, components in generic model adaptive family in Revit, Veredith Keller, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Sep 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015: Curved Curtain Walls - create basic wall style, edit element properties of curtain wall system, set default panel type as new basic wall style in Revit, John Flanagan, CADline, Sep 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Digging a Little Deeper - select mate from either feature tree or from graphic area, profile center mate automatically center aligns, mates profiles, Michael Lord, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Exploded Views - components aligned either radially or cylindrically about axis can be exploded in one step, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Flattening Surfaces - copy surface of pipe, flatten complex surface with ability to export flattened shape into .dwg file, YouTube, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Tutorial - Radial Explode - creating exploded configuration of assembly, YouTube, Sep 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Siemens PLM Grows Into the AG - A Good Thing - cloud, social, mobile, big data were main topics at Siemens PLM analyst event, Teamcenter is being streamlined for small to large companies, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 14, 2014 (more Teamcenter articles, PLM articles)

Anatomy of a PLM Market Shift - Daimler builds new processes after moving to Siemens PLM, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Sep 12, 2014 (more PLM articles)

IMTS 2014: Manufacturing Innovation and Much More - Smartforce Student Summit event at International Manufacturing Technology Show introduced educators, students, parents to new innovations in manufacturing technology, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 11, 2014 (more CAD show articles, CAM articles)

Eight Must-Have AutoCAD Skills to Get Hired - drafting, layer management skills, understand proper usage of Xrefs, styles, when to use paper space, viewports, file management, sheet sets, Brian Benton, Novedge, Sep 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles, Jobs and Careers articles)

Perpetual AutoCAD Licenses to End? - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass asserts to discontinue perpetual licenses in near future, relevance of subscription model, perpetual-only vs subscription-only licenses, non- Autodesk camp promises to offer perpetual licenses on desktop software, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, Sep 11, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Gives Sneak Peek of Updates to Fusion 360 - new in-product tutorials allows easy learning, free 3D viewer offers better collaboration, Javascript within Fusion 360 automates custom tasks, improved T-Spline creasing performance, CAM, UI enhancements, price starts at $25 per month, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Sep 12, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

ACA - Creating a New Tool Palettes Set - create new profile to generate empty tool palette set, remove all paths except one pointing to new, empty folder, click ok to dismiss options dialog, generate new tool palette, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Sep 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Cleaning Up of AutoCAD Drawing Files - run OVERKILL command, select elements in drawing, click ok in delete duplicate objects dialog to delete spare elements, report items deleted/enhanced on AutoCAD command line, Dennis Collin, CADline, Sep 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

Custom Iso Drawing Names - open AutoCAD Plant 3D drawing, invoke PLANTDEFINECALCPROPERTIES command, visit piping tab to create new property in 3D environment, set name for new property before opening data manager to populate it, Aaron Simpson, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Don't Forget That CADWorx P&ID Cfm.shx File - ignore 'missing SHX files' dialog if CADWorx is not installed in PC, copy compiled shape file from different CADWorx user to AutoCAD support path, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Productivity Tip: Organizing Drawing Files and Folders - set folder layout, save all .dwgs in CAD folder along with any drawings/files, employ base folder to copy, paste template folder, rename folders as necessary in AutoCAD, Brandon Loehr, Better At Everything, Sep 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inventor Stress Analysis - Split Thin Bodies - employ split body tool instead of split face tool to create multiple solid bodies on part, ensures area where force is to be applied is not converted to thin body, Luke Davenport, CADline, Sep 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Weird Stuff with Revit Railings, Pt 2: Railing Extents - avoid creating group that contains railing with only top rails, Revit Sundial code in v2015 is updated to ensure extents do not include 0,0,0 but include previous location of stair/railing that has moved, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Sep 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Vault Copy Design 2.0 - new version allows adding multiple datasets easily, copying parents automatically, setting copied names, creating custom copy design rules, offers support for non-CAD file types, faster performance, numbering schemes, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 15, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Working on an Offline Vaulted Sheet Set - invoke VLTSAVETODST command to create DST file, continue working on vaulted sheet set even after logging out from Vault, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 8 , 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Review: Formlabs Form 1+ - high-resolution desktop 3D printer comes fully calibrated, is easy to set up, has capability to run from 0.1mm layers down to 0.025mm, PreForm software helps automatically orient part, generate supports, inspect build, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Stratasys 3D Printer Support Tip: Wiper Cleaning, Inspection, and Replacement on a PolyJet Desktop Printer - run wiper cleaning procedure to ensure wiper isn't damaged, bath is clear of debris, if wiper replacement is needed, Dominick Damato, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Dynamic Reference Visualization - ability to dynamically see parent/child relationships between features within FeatureManager, determine feature dependencies in parts, assemblies easily, Chris Briand, Javelin Technologies, Sep 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Creating SOLIDWORKS Drawing Templates with Enterprise PDM - extension is different for each file type, save location gets changed based on file template location set up, prefer using available standard drawing sizes, title blocks, Derek Lawson, InFlow Technology, Sep 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

How to Insert a Title Block into SOLIDWORKS Composer - capture image of drawing title block, turn off ground and grid options located on render tab, change foot color to white, insert image using image 2D tool, Dave Bazinet, CADD Edge, Sep 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2014 - How to Export Transient Thermal Results into a Static Study - Shivani Patel of GoEngineer, YouTube, Sep 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Pro Wireless Review - ergonomic design, 6DoF navigation, conveniently positioned keyboard modifiers, impressive battery life, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Sep 12, 2014 (more mice reviews)

The Most Annoying Thing in CAD: Survey Says - getting 3D data from one CAD app to another, creating physical simulations of working parts, assemblies, sharing files with collaborators, making unforeseen changes after initial CAD is complete, Adam O'Hern, Solid Smack, Sep 5, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

How to Import SketchUp Textures & Create Custom Materials - select SketchUp texture, click paint bucket tool to pick materials, open create material window to import textures before visiting color editor section to adjust material's color, Designer Hacks, Sep 9, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Sliver Treatment Strategies for CFD - generate surface mesh to identify sliver, remove sliver by joining it with larger neighbor, else specify inlet boundary condition, specify mesh size constraint to retain sliver, Richard Smith, Symscape, Sep 11, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Lenovo ThinkStation P Series Application Performance Figures with New Haswell Xeon E5 v3 CPUs - ThinkStation P series vs Sandy Bridge Xeon vs Ivy Bridge Xeon workstations; comparative performance figures inside 4 leading 3D applications: SOLIDWORKS, PTC Creo, 3ds Max, Maya, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 9, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

Siemens Makes PLM New Again - embracing 4 drivers of change to see old PLM become new PLM: cloud, social, mobile, big data; CEO Chuck Grindstaff suggested that complexity is foundation of innovation, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 11, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Essential Strategies for Mold Measurement - good measurement data must support mold building, manufacturing, assembly processes, participants of CMS measurement study analyzes measurement data to make informed calculations, Keith Bevan, MoldMaking Technology, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

How Do We Teach Our Machines to Design? - exploring role of augmented humans in algorithmic age, Jordan Brandt, YouTube, Sep 5, 2014

Scott Wertel, PE - talk about work, holding title of configuration manager, principal, primary, secondary CAD program, writing for publications, Jeff Mirisola, Jeff's Tool Shed, Aug 15, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Program Splash Screen Starts Up and Then Closes - access Windows run dialog to verify if licensing service is running, check if file productname201xENUAdlm.log is located under Autodesk, ADLM folder, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 9, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Civil 3D 2015: Missing Ribbon, Workspaces, Palettes, and Support Files - open Windows explorer session, navigate to both local, roaming Autodesk locations to delete C3D 2015 folder, copy C3D folder to appropriate locations before restarting Civil 3D, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Grading Plans, Pt 2: The True Spot Elevation - offset floor by 1 to display true spot of elevation, avoid offsetting floor if sub elements have been modified in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Split a Revision Schedule in Revit - employ conditional formulas within revision schedule to split schedule, Cesar Escalante, YouTube, Sep 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

User Dialogues in Femap API, Pt 1 - press ctrl+D to open user dialogue editor, right click on element to edit associated parameters, press save, exit once configuration of UI elements is set, Amy Bui, Saratech Inc Blog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Femap articles)

User Dialogues in Femap API, Pt 2 - employ select case structure to input from UI, capture API data entered/selected before applying response in basic program, Amy Bui, Saratech Inc Blog, Sep 11, 2014 (more Femap articles)

Digitalization, Systems-Level Design are Keys to Manufacturing Success - Siemens PLM Software shared company strategy updates, software developments, customer success stories at its annual media event, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Sep 11, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

SEU2014 Presentation on Parametric Assemblies  - Fred Menage, YouTube, Sep 10, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Covers More Users with 3D Umbrella - model-based definition to define, organize, publish 3D product manufacturing information, priced at priced at $1,995, Treehouse feature, fillet tool to create asymmetrical fillets, chain pattern feature, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS SIMULATION 2015: Enhancements That Will Blow You Away - rotating mesh in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, edge-to-edge bonding for shells, self-contact detection, fatigue with vibration, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - The Buzz is Real - variable patterns, SOLIDWORKS model based definition, new costing tools, Elizabeth Kinsey, HRS Blog, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 - What's New - second generation web interface built to run on multiple browser types, overhauled copy tree, separate move permissions, enhanced rollback, Justin Webster, InFlow Technology, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Microsoft Office Add-in for Enterprise PDM - ability to check out, check in, undo check out, get latest or previous file versions, display, edit data card information, view file status information, Ryan Dally, InFlow Technology, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Simulation: Load Contact Manager - tool to create, test different primary load cases, linear combinations of primary load cases in static studies, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Selection Sets - select small entities without having to zoom or use selection filters, select multiple entities in model or drawing, save selections as selection set that user can return to at any time, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Filters are Your Friends - click on filter icon to activate filter menu, select quick or custom filter options to show items that match value of property selected, apply numeric ranges, maximums, minimums for greater control, Cody Pendzich, SolidNotes, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Hump Day Hot Tip 03: Working with Style Splines in SOLIDWORKS 2014 - overview of style spline, methods for locking, smoothing style spline, tips to combine 2 splines into same sketch, smoothen out 2 connected splines in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Sep 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Choose Your Battles - set priorities to survive in new CAD environment: hardware, bandwidth, optimization, training, mobile device policies, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Sep 10, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

All Together Now - collaboration between trades, working together in symphony are crucial for BIM projects, integrated project delivery, Bill Campbell, AUGI Library, Sep 10, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Intel Xeon E5-2600/1600 v3 Aimed at Data Centers, Private Cloud, and Virtualization - up to 18 cores per socket, 45MB of last-level cache, Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family boosts CAE software performance, consuming lesser power, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 10, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, cloud articles)

PTC Customers Use Our Products as a Vehicle for Expression of Their Ideas - Q&A with Barton Fiske of PTC about customers using PTC's visualization technology, thoughts about PTC customers, ecosystem, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, Sep 10, 2014 (more Creo articles)

Autodesk's Rebranded A360 Cloud Solution - provides storage space for project documents, access to project data from any device, available in 2 versions: free, paid A360 Team versions for $10 per member per month on annual subscription, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Sep 10, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

To Create a Detail View with a Circle as Its Border - create base view of part, select vertex in base view to attach detail view, specify center point of circular area before identifying location for detail view in AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor - Drawing View Threads - turn on thread feature display options, maintain backup of registry keys before attempting to edit registry setting in Inventor, Chris Turner, CADline, Sep 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Select Plane of Given Part Occurrence - get component definition of occurrence, obtain work plane's representation inside assembly through component occurrence object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Apprentice in Side Thread - convert thread into STA thread to allow apprentice support multi-threading in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Re-Examining Revit Based Plumbing Fixture Calculations, Pt 1 - keep units for each calculated value consistent, recapture load data from Revit occupancy calculations, round aggregated totals of every occupancy to upper integer before building calculations, Cesar Escalante, Ideate, Sep 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Unique Names and the NamingUtils Class - discusses issues related to name checking functionality that happens when creating ParameterFilterElements in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Dispels the Dark Cloud of Uncertainty - SOLIDWORKS portfolio now consists of 19 separate products, some of which have roots in Dassault Systemes 3D Experience technology, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Focuses on Design, Not Modeling - isolating 3D model components, saving selection are simplified, 'move face' command tool moves offsets up to feature's body, Treehouse feature allows users to create assembly structures before creating parts, Kaylie Duffy, Product Design & Development, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Event - Twitter's Favorite Enhancements - print directly to 3D printers, SOLIDWORKS Plastics simulation results can be saved to eDrawings files, automatic links to both web, mobile-based eDrawings tools, which allow user to view parts, assemblies on the go, Daniel Herzberg, Sep 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What's New in SolidWorks 2015: Chapter 2 - User Interface - configurations toolbar, copy settings wizard to save, restore mouse gestures independently of system options, select multiple entities in model/drawing, save selections as selection set, Daniel Herzberg, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Chain Pattern - choose from 3 different type patterns: distance, distance linkage, connected linkage, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Midpoint Line - create line that is symmetrical from midpoint of line, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Anatomy of a Cable: Handling the Accessories - define components with relevant manufacturers' part information, 2D symbols, 3D models, save defined component in SQL database before using it in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Andy Beaupre, CAPUniversity, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Keeping Your Skills Sharp - design part file using separate bodies, create assembly, rope as swept features, decide on fabric, cushion of chair, render image in SOLIDWORKS, Dave Murray, CADimensions Blog, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using Design Studies Can Save You Hours - run static study with specific transient thermal time step to view transient stresses, link design study before setting any or all transient time steps to vary in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chain Component Pattern - employ chain component pattern from command manager to simulate link based power transmission chains, belts in SOLIDWORKS, Chris Briand, YouTube, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Trimble Acquires Gehry Technologies - Trimble's construction-focused approach to AEC technologies makes acquisition more meaningful, than Autodesk or Dassault Systemes, which both focus on design issues, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Overlapping Overset Meshes Open New Prospects for CFD Simulation of Moving Gear Systems - 'volume of fluid' method offers efficient way to study different oil-filling levels in gearbox with respect to their influence on oil flow, on volume fraction of oil on gear flanks, Christine Klier, Design World, Aug 13, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Interview with Dan Staples - promotion to VP of development for mainstream engineering, additional staff, effects of ST7 on new/existing users, Solid Edge line products, distinction between CAM Express, CAMWorks, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Sep 9, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

4D Printing on the Rise - 4D printing develops materials that can change properties, characteristics based on changes in environment, Sarah Mangiola, Machine Design, Sep 4, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Layers with Blocks & Xrefs - set BYLAYER color property of object to inherit color of layer, position objects in layer 0 to obtain layer properties, open layer manager to view layers of drawing that is attached as XREF, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Sharing Awesomeness in AutoCAD Plant 3D - Sending Projects - include piping specs, templates, external references, tool palettes before sending projects, employ copy drawings to SQL server project to bring in P&ID, model, ortho drawings, create SQLite database before copying drawings, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Sep 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Draw Text Graphics - apply FormattedText, PathGeometry to draw text in Navisworks 2015, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, Sep 9, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Autodesk Aims to Tackle Collaboration Challenges with A360 - A360 addresses issues related to project coordination, change tracking, design rework, scattered communications, sharing project information, viewing design data, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Sep 9, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Multi-View Blocks - create one symbol/block in 2D, another in 3D, visit AutoCAD workspace to insert tab, block panel, select edit multi-view block definition, set block components before inserting MV block in Civil 3D, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 9, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

A Digital Prototyping Walkthrough - Multi-Solid Body Modeling - create sketch utilizing conceptual model, form work planes, sketch to build additional solid, invoke make components command before selecting solid bodies, type of part template to determine assembly in Inventor, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Sep 9, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Tutorial - Work Planes - create 3D sketch, form work planes, generate new sketch in work places, apply hole command to make simple hole, visit browser menu to turn off planes in Inventor, Microfabricator, Aug 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor - Loft Tutorial - create sketch, turn on origin plane, form work plane parallel to YZ origin plane, draw second sketch before employing loft tool to create object that reduces in size from one end to other, Microfabricator, Aug 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Grading Plans, Pt 1: Generic Annotations - compares generic annotations with tags that updates every time information about annotated object changes in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Annotation Symbols in Locked 3D Views in Revit - employ spot coordinate or spot elevation with applied symbol family that uses symbols in locked 3D views, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Sep 10, 2014(more Revit tutorials)

Keynote Table Reload and Happy iPhone Day - call KeynoteTable.GetKeynoteTable to obtain document's keynote table, LoadFrom to reload keynote table from different location in Revit, Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Sep 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Formula-Driven Surface Boundaries in Revit Using Dynamo - tip to create surfaces using reference lines driven by mathematical formulas, Cesar Escalante, YouTube, Sep 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 - First Impressions - ability to create line that is symmetrical from midpoint of line, option of adding centerlines from either corners or midpoints, new segment feature, Michael Lord, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Dassault Dishes the Goods on SOLIDWORKS 2015 and the Future of SOLIDWORKS - ability to 'unwrap' surface onto flat plane, 'split' tool can now split surface bodies, parent/child relationship appear in feature tree, open part in position, profile center mate, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 is Here - My Favorite Top 20 CAD Enhancements - 'free' condition for width mates, enhanced end conditions for 'move face' feature, 3D spline on multiple faces, variable patterns, Alin Vargatu, Javelin Technologies, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Blast Out of Beta SOLIDWORKS 2015 is Here - ability to customize context-sensitive toolbars, selection context toolbar, setting multiple dimensions to driven, status bar display of cylinder diameter, visualization tool for references, Deepak Gupta, Boxer's CAD CAM Blog, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Mid Point Line - create line that is symmetrical from midpoint of line, discussing 2 options to draw midpoint line, Deepak Gupta, Boxer's CAD CAM Blog, Sep 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Flattening Surfaces - ability to flatten a surface model, SOLIDWORKS will also calculate stresses generated to show where material would be stressed or compressed, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Visualization Tool for References - dynamically view all parent relationships associated to any feature in FeatureManager design tree by simply hovering over feature, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: A Few of My Favorite Things - ability to 'select previous' with click of pop-up toolbar, to automatically update cut list naming, asymmetric fillets to get complex, attractive geometry into model easily, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Gets Ready to Release MBD, a Brand New Product That Anticipates Paperless Manufacturing - plug-in helps define, organize, publish 3D product manufacturing information in industry standard file formats, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer Tool - helps user go through each step of CAD modeling process by stepping through each feature, sketch as they were created, Sam Solloum, Design Point Solutions, Sep 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Cloud Opens Doors to Mainstream PLM - major PLM vendors are offering PLM in private cloud, but companies like GrabCAD, Autodesk, Kenesto, Arena are adopting true SaaS multi-tenant model, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Latest PDF3D Version is Standalone for 3D PDF Conversion - Q&A with Ian Curington of PDF3D about compression of PRC, ease-of-use of PDF3D ReportGen, functionality available to user after receiving PDF3D file, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Sep 8, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

HP Unveils New Haswell Xeon E5 v3 Workstations - The Z440, Z640, Z840 - workstations feature new DDR4 memory, which runs 14% faster than DDR3 memory, HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe storage, Thunderbolt 2, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 8, 2014 (more HP workstation articles)

3D Printing a Sustainable Future - 3D Systems is focused on making their machines, materials sustainable with minimum environmental impact, has consumer recycling system in place, Laura Griffiths, TCT Magazine, Sep 8, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Trimble Consolidating AEC at Dassault Expense - Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies that had secured investments from Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

The Basics of Creating New Surfaces in ArchiCAD 18 - visit surface settings to select surface, click new followed by 'replace settings from catalog' option to edit appearance, delete existing surface, or create new surface in category, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Sep 8, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Printing a Watermark - employ figure tool to resize direction of image file, enable transparencies if image is placed in layout overlapping drawings in ArchiCAD, Cadimage, Sep 9, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Create Stylish Leaders with a Multileader - access multileader style manager dialog box in AutoCAD, choose existing style to start with, specify leader type from leader format tab, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Sept 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Disabling AutoCAD Layer Output When Plotting to PDF - open plotters directory, add plotter dialog to select new plotter installation location, set Autodesk ePlot as manufacturer, DWF to PDF as model before displaying plotter configuration dialog, Donnie Gladfelter, CAD Geek, Sep 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

Picture Perfect - Adding Images to AutoCAD 360 - press image button in design feed to insert photo, else visit 'markup' tools, click on insert photo option to attach photos directly into drawing, AutoCAD 360, Sep 8, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Translating Between AutoCAD Drawing Points and Geographic Locations Using .NET, Pt 3 - apply static Create() method to instantiate single GeoCoordinateSystem class based on XML retrieved from GeoLocation object in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D - Pipe Networks the Basics - employ interference checking features to identify areas where pipes/structures physically collide, execute extension applications to perform varied hydraulics, hydrology tasks on pipe network data, Trevor Clayton, CADline, Sep 8, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Animation Tools - set keyframes in timeline, employ shortcuts to navigate around timeline, fix frame rate using time configuration tools, apply auto/set key to animate, adjust aerial camera views with populate tools, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Sep 8, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Keep Your Detail View Attached to the Base View - create detail view, select, right click on boundary created for detail view, choose attach option, pick point in boundary area geometry to attach detail view to base view in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Sep 8, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Component Functions in iLogic - customize all component names before referencing names in rule, apply Component.IsActive function to include/exclude component from assembly configuration, Component.Replace to replace part/subassembly with another in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Weird Stuff with Revit Railings - Top Rails, Pt 1 - type of transitions used in handrail or top rail, differentiates old style railing, top rail only with GooseneckTransition, simple transitions, set instance property to change rail horizontal offset in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Sep 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Freehand Chairs - employ point world that allows modifying spline directly, obtain immediate feedback on resulting shape, avoid need for at least one void cut to taper back of chair in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Sep 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Global-to-Local Modeling in FEA - in situ local modeling positions high-fidelity local model directly within overall global model; analysis is run in 2 stages in independent local modeling, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

2D Axisymmetric Model of a Conical Horn Antenna - consider corrugated conical horn antenna model, investigating cross-polarization in horn antenna using COMSOL Multiphysics, Fanny Littmarck, COMSOL Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Looking Under the Hood of SOLIDWORKS 2015 - faster information sharing, new MySolidWorks Standard, Professional subscription levels, model-based definition, new load case manager interface, surface curvature combs tool, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Sep 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Leak Tracker - tips to find unwanted opening in internal flow project in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Sep 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

You Get What You Pay For - Microway WhisperStation has 3.5GHz Intel Xeon E-2643v2 six-core CPUs with 130-watt thermal design power rating, 64GB of memory, NVIDIA Quadro K6000 graphics card, offers amazing performance at $18,889, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

ArchiCAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie Flow, Pt 1: Project Info - understanding importance of improved 'project info' dialogue box in ArchiCAD 18 when working with COBie data, Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects, Sep 5, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles, AEC articles)

History of 3D Printing: It's Older Than You are (That is, if You're Under 30) - toddlerhood of additive manufacturing, period of open-source movement, democratization of manufacturing, 3D printing in its prime, Dana Goldberg, CADdigest.com, Sep 8, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Cool Tools: Wide-Format Printers and Scanners - Canon Océ PlotWave 500, Colortrac SmartLF SG, Epson T Series, HP Designjet T3500 eMultifunction Printer, Contex HD iFLEX, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more large format printer articles, 3D scanners articles)

NVIDIA Quadro 2014 Family of GPUs Power the Full Range of Lenovo ThinkStations - table compares old, new generation of Quadro products, Tom Lansford, CADplace, Sep 7, 2014 (more NVIDIA articles, graphics cards articles)

A Quick Look at the Simplest Way to Share What You Know Using Autodesk Screencast - captures metadata while recording video, displays detailed timeline below video that captures every step for viewers in Autodesk Fusion 360, AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, Donnie Gladfelter, CAD Geek, Sep 5, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

To Simulate and Post Process the Toolpaths - regenerate all toolpaths, then simulate them, enable 'open NC file in editor' check box in 'post process' dialog box to load file into Inventor HSM Edit automatically, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 4, 2014 (more CAM articles, Inventor articles)

AutoCAD - Object Snap Tracking and Command: Line Docking Status - dock command line, else turn on dynamic input to verify if pointer input is enabled, or set 'dimension input where possible' as enabled while keeping dynamic input turned on, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Sep 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Ensure That Your AutoCAD Text is Readable - execute TOrient express tool to make text, mtext, attribute definitions, attributes within blocks readable in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Sep 7, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Issues with Using DEFPOINTS for Viewports - prevents selection of viewport required to change viewport scale, restricts access to erase, move or edit objects later in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 5, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

BASE Command - BEWARE of XREFs & Blocks - open drawing, run BASE command, define new base point to move insertion point of block in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Sep 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Translating Between AutoCAD Drawing Points and Geographic Locations Using .NET, Pt 2 - apply dynamic object to navigate down through XML DOM, access contents of coordinate system XML easily in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

iLogic - Dimension Text Scale - rule to set text size, remove user input lines, place values depending on sheet size in Inventor, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, Sep 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Work with Rules in iLogic - create parameter to be included in rule, define rule, visit rules tab to edit rule, define collapsible code regions to reduce clutter in rule text area, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Beam Annotations - select set of beams, determine locations on beam where structural framing tags/spot elevation is to be placed, create beams to showcase feature before displaying bottom elevation to beam in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Sep 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Drag 'n Drop Files Into Revit - drop Revit family in Graphics Window portion of Revit to load family in project, insert .rvt anywhere in current project to open file as additional project, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Sep 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Setting Up a 3D View Like a Section View - select section view from floor plan view, run add-in to create 3D view, pick section box from 3D view to check if highlighted representation is same as section view's on floor plan in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Exploring Sheet Metal and Synchronous Technology in Solid Edge ST7 - designing raccoon-proof fish food jar holder using sheet metal design tools, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Sep 8, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Designing Mini Sumo-Robots with Solid Edge ST7's Synchronous Technology - import Inventor, SOLIDWORKS, STEP model files into Solid Edge, design new body, define arbitrary fixed distances between faces using smart dimension tool, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Sep 8, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Solid Edge Draft: Center of Mass Symbol  - placing 'center of mass' symbol on drawing view in Solid Edge draft file, YouTube, Sep 7, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Custom Linetypes and Hatch Patterns - 'place block' is located under context menu on library tab, is available after turning on 'show blocks' button in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Sep 7, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Custom Cross Hatching - open hatch pattern file, read table, check angle at which lines are drawn, 2D coordinates of point before applying default cross hatch for material, Ed Hawkins, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Sep 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Tips: Dimensions and Relationships - easy method to add dimensions, sketch relationships faster in SOLIDWORKS drawing, YouTube, Aug 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Avoid Frustrating Errors in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - performing internal analysis on fluid area using wizard tool, making model watertight in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Sep 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Engineering Drawings are Dead - Now What? - get familiar with JT, brush up on geometric dimensioning, tolerancing, understand floor, know suppliers, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

FormIt - Getting Started, Pt 2 - add levels to model to get information for cubic feet, total square footage, use create button to create custom material from any image file, Jarod Schultz, Sep 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

ACA 2015 - Highlighting and Selection Preview - employ PRESELECTIONEFFECT system variable to highlight with glowing or dashed lines, SELECTIONPREVIEW to turn on/off selection preview, PREVIEWFILTER to exclude certain types of objects from receiving selection preview highlighting, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Sep 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

AutoCAD: I Have Imperial Scale List and Need Metric - invoke SCALELISTEDIT command, select reset button on right side of dialog box, select metric or imperial scale list to convert scale in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD units tutorials)

Translating Between AutoCAD Drawing Points and Geographic Locations Using .NET, Pt 1 - attach GeoLocation object in drawing to translate between drawing points, latitude-longitude values in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Vault 2015 R2 Summary - subscription only release offers new copy design experience, unified lifecycle, category, numbering scheme, enhanced item, BOM features, Vault thin client, control open file behaviors, project sync, ADMS console, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 5, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Inventor 2015: Body Integrity Check - utility analyzes model for geometry errors, determines responsible modeling feature, Mark Lancaster, Synergis, Sep 4, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Civil View Workflow Demo: 3ds Max Design 2011, Pt 1 - import .vsp3d into Max, employ feature interpretation style, draping, create swept, railing objects, add customized objects to object library, Marion Landry, YouTube, Sep 4, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials, Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil View Workflow Demo: 3ds Max Design 2011, Pt 2 - tips to reload data to observe design changes, load traffic simulation, create daylight system, render still image with Mental Ray, Marion Landry, YouTube, Sep 4, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials, Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil View Workflow Demo: 3ds Max Design 2011, Pt 3 - method to apply camera outside of corridor, add trees in surrounding using object paint, render animation with Mental Ray, Marion Landry, YouTube, Sep 4, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials, Civil 3D tutorials)

Associate Profile Parameters with Sweep - double click on name of profile type in project browser, change parameter to type to view parameter, button to associate parameter in Revit, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Sep 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Debugging and Maintaining the Image Relationship - start first transaction, import image, attach extensible storage entity to returned image element, commit transaction before allowing ImageType objects to populate dictionary mapping name property value in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Lenovo ThinkServer RD640 Server - Xeon E5-2690 V2 CPU, 32GB RAM, four 1TB 7200 RPM Western Digital drives, base price $2,158, fits in small- to medium-host range, Greg Reuter, CADdigest.com, Sep 5, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Focus on Monitors: The BenQ BL3200PT - 32" wide, LED backlit display with maximum resolution of 2,560x1,440, has custom-designed, high-contrast CAD/CAM mode, low blue light technology to reduce eye strain, available for $999, Curt Moreno, AUGI Library, Sep 4, 2014 (more LCD display reviews)

Solving the Mystery of the Invisible Desktops - security, mobility are driving forces for workstation virtualization, GPU acceleration in virtual machines is evolving, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Professional Design Demands a Professional Workstation - to ensure best possible workstation experience, aim for balance between 4 components: processors, memory, storage, graphics, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

5 Steps You Should Take Before Showing Your FEA Results to Anyone - make sure you ask right question, do sanity check, make sure mesh doesn't matter, test second failure condition, document assumptions, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Resetting the SOLIDWORKS Registry - click on search bottom, type regedit, expand registry editor folder to locate sub-folder under SOLIDWORKS, rename folder, reset software options to create new registry folder, TMS CADCentre, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Data Management In-Depth - employ SOLIDWORKS EPDM to integrate data in single environment where simulation files can be managed for different model, set workflow, create custom interface, Ramesh Lakshmipathy, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Communicating PMI with New SOLIDWORKS MBD - model-based definition helps communicate product, manufacturing information in 3D, defines, organizes, publishes 3D PMI, offers drawing-less manufacturing solution for SOLIDWORKS 2015, will be available for $1,995 from October, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Moving Drawing Views Between Sheets - employ 'drag and drop' or control paste options to move drawing views in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Professor Blog, Sep 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Allocate Your Workstation Budget According to Your Workload - consider type of work to be done on workstation: computational or interactive, point to consider when choosing CPU, GPU, RAM, advantage of application certification, Alex Shows, Cadalyst, Sep 4, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Siemens' Perspectives on the Future of Manufacturing - presentation by Sameer Prakash of Siemens focused on key features of Industrie 4.0, increasing competitive quotient in manufacturing sector, Steve Clouther, ARC Advisory Group, Aug 31, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, CAM articles)

5 More Things About PTC Creo View 3.0 M020, Pt 3 - ability to generate additional file formats for Inventor, SOLIDWORKS, to visualize CAE data in JT format, to position assembly for Creo Illustrate, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, Sep 3, 2014 (more Creo articles)

The Art of the Setup Sheet - G-Wizard Editor software has tabs to display information like tool list, macro subprograms, variables, overall information, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Aug 31, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Interpreting 3D Models from Formalized 2D Drawings - creating formalized drawing of mansard roof in AutoCAD 2007, producing 3D model with help of AutoLISP routine, Alexander Yampolsky, upFront.eZine, Sep 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD 3D modeling tutorials)

Create a Realtime Walkthrough of Your Revit Project with Autodesk Showcase - compares process of creating architectural models in Revit with Showcase, discusses modeling, exporting to Showcase, Showcase setup, adjusting materials, lighting, environment in Revit vs Showcase, Evan Troxel, Novedge, Sep 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, Revit articles)

New Autodesk 360 - Embed 3D Model in Web Browser - visit project data tab to select file, click share icon, create public link, choose options before sharing link publically, Justin Doughty, CADline, Sep 4, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

How to Work with Multiple Documents in AutoCAD, Pt 1 - create new document, select drawing template as file type, double click on blue bar to maximize drawing document in AutoCAD, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Aug 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Work with Multiple Documents in AutoCAD, Pt 2 - check display file tabs option, bring mouse over file tabs to view path of AutoCAD file's location, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Aug 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Asymmetrical Roads? No Problem - open style palette, road tab to select road style to be edited, pick copied style to edit, visit configure street dialog to create left group, add streetlights to sidewalk in Civil 3D, Elliott Rosenfeld, BIMagination, Sep 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Importing SketchUp Files into Civil 3D - select import SKP file command to pick, place SketchUp file in drawing, scale manually to set model proportional to true scale of terrain, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Getting Projects Started Using the Set Location Command - create Autodesk 360 account, assign coordinate system to drawing/template, sign in to account to open geographic location dialog box before zooming to desired site location in Civil 3D, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Who Gives a Flying Function? I Do - employ equation curve tool to create 2D sketch, tick 'self symmetric' option while using mirror tool to obtain leading edge, create iLogic form to adjust aerofoil parameters in Inventor, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Sep 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

InventorViewCtrl.ocx (2015) Not Displaying Inventor Files - add folder to end of path in environment variables, keeping other paths unchanged, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Hardscape, Pt 1: An Overview - consider options for creating landscape hardscape in Revit: subregions, building pads, floors, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Aug 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Hardscape, Pt 2: Modify Sub Elements - creating hardscapes with new grading/spot elevations, using floor in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Hardscape Part 3: Curbs - creating curb using 'model-in place' tool in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Sep 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Get Value from App.config File and Sur la France - ensure that config file is in same location as DLL of addin, place name carefully where addin file gets installed in Revit, Augusto Goncalves & Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Sep 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Printing Goes Mainstream - diverse leaders are willing to accept 3D into their businesses; Autodesk tops among 10 most influential companies on 3D printing, Bruce Rogers, Forbes, Sep 3, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Next Frontier for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing - 3D printing, related technologies are being used for manufacturing, 72,000 personal 3D printers were sold in 2013, industrial printer sales could exceed 15,000 units in 2015, James Janega, Blue Sky Originals, Sep 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing Makes Its Move Into Production - companies like Lockheed Martin, Ford are looking forward to use 3D printing to produce some replacement parts on demand, Robert Mitchell, Computerworld, Aug 13, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

External Flow Simulation and Internal Fans - external flow type may include any number of internal flow fields, employ internal fan type in both internal, external flow fields, fan field is not equal to flow domain type in SOLIDWORKS, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, Sep 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Free SOLIDWORKS from Performance Constraints-Laptop Comparison - slim, lightweight machines that support SOLIDWORKS are still slower when compared to larger machines with similar hardware, choose Windows 7 operating system to increase SOLIDWORKS performance, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Beach Ball Icons in SOLIDWORKS - select face, copy appearance, pick another face to paste appearance, remove appearance by opening appearances list in SOLIDWORKS, John Setzer, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Sep 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Small Business Design Data Management - cloud solutions from Autodesk PLM 360, Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Arena PLM, Aras PLM, Ally PLM, Kenesto, Siemens Solid Edge SP, CADAC Organice, Autodesk 360, GrabCAD are enabling lightweight collaborative design data management needs of some SMBs, John Evans, AUGI Library, Sep 2, 2014 (more collaboration articles, MCAD articles)

Managing the CAM Workforce Supply Chain - create CAM career path, provide learning opportunities with mutual expectation, work with educational institutions, James Wakeford, MoldMaking Technology, Sep 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

MicroStation Tip: Raster Manager Cache Manager - raster manager creates temporary cache files of certain image types for quicker raster image display, Rod Wing, Envision CAD, Aug 29, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Exa Q2 Revenue Up 17% y/y as Projects Turn into License Deals - total revenue for Q1 was $14.8 million, license revenue was $12.3 million, up 15%, growth was strongest in Asia, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 2, 2014 (more CFD articles)

The Foundation for Next PLM Platforms - 4 probable sources for future PLM platform development: model-based system engineering, unbundled 3D service, product development standards, database technologies, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Aug 29, 2014 (more PLM articles)

The VDC Cycle: Leveraging the 'I' in BIM - 'virtual design and construction' takes project from design to delivery checkpoints in construction cycle, Elijah Gregory, Paradigm Shift, Sep 2, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Bluebeam Trick: Handwriting to Text Comment on Tablet - Bluebeam Revu automatically recognizes handwriting before placing markup while using pen tool, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Sep 2, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

33 Reasons to Resist the Hype Around 3D Printing - desktop 3D printer can not make anything desired, 3D modeling is still far too difficult for most people, Post processing involves too much labor, Joris Peels, Inside 3DP, Sep 2, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Flexibility of Scaling Objects - select object, employ scale tool to set base point of object, change scale ratio by inputting new scale into unit box displayed beside new object in AutoCAD, AutoCAD 360, Sep 2, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Challenge 4: Customization - set command alias for commands, create command macro, scripts, customize CUI, tooltips, quick properties, keyboard shortcuts to hasten, automate AutoCAD work, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Sep 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

To Create an Aligned Section View - create base view of part, click draw panel, polyline, draw cut line in parent view, open new view to set ortho, aligned type before specifying location of view in AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical articles)

Features in Civil 3D 2015 - Assembly Frequency - set assembly feature as curvature value to achieve suitable assembly frequencies for all curves in Civil 3D, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Sep 1, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Sharing iLogic Global Forms - share global form to another machine by either copying form from global forms tab or by creating global form from destination system in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 2, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

One Assembly Part Displays as Hidden Transparent in My Drawing View - right click on part, select BOM structure, default instead of reference to change settings in Inventor assembly tree, CADforum, Sep 2, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Practical Dynamo: Excel Linking - create new Dynamo file, identify family type within Revit model to get data out, apply CONCATENATE Excel function to add data in column, BIM Troublemaker, Sep 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Planes, Projections and Picking Points - employ debugger to observe coordinates, encapsulate transactions in 'using' statement, implement read only commands, XYZ points instead of separate X, Y, Z double variables in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using the Default Lookup Table Location to Upgrade MEP Projects without Losing Types - determine location where CSV files is to be inserted, create master folder of CSV files, copy CSV files to 'pipe and conduit' folder before opening MEP RVT file, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Sep 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Gate Type in SOLIDWORKS Plastics - model gate, merge runner, sprue into part to mesh gate along with model, add injection location to end of sprue before adding injection location, Will Maier, Design Point Solutions, Sep 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tech Tip: Shrink Fits and Press Fits - apply shrink fit option to solve deformation of male/female interface, select 'list result force' to extract forces from fixtures, apply result force tool to determine forces required to create motion, David Roccaforte, Fisher/Unitech, Sep 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - Desktop Shortcut to Local Vault View - visit Windows explorer navigation pane to drag Vault icon into desktop, else right click to create new Vault shortcut in desktop, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Sep 2, 2014  (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

What Sheet Metal Bend Tables Does SOLIDWORKS Provide with Its Installation? - apply bend, gauge, calculation tables to input bend allowances or bend deductions, calculate sheet metal flatten length in SOLIDWORKS, Mario Iocco, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Sep 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Routing Electrical - Cables - tips to create cable route in 3D, form 2D flattened drawing of cable from scratch in SOLIDWORKS, Bryce Heventhal, YouTube, Sep 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Bending a Bar in SOLIDWORKS 2014 - Instant 3D Creates a Flexible Bar  - create solid bar, define shape to allow for bending, replace profile in SOLIDWORKS, Jonathan Weisz, YouTube, Sep 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SketchUp Pro 2014 - revamped 3D Warehouse, new 'Extensions Warehouse' add-on, classifier tool to apply any classification schema to model, ability to apply IFC 2x3 schema, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Aug 28, 2014 (more SketchUp reviews)

15 3rd Party PLM Tools That Could Make Your Life Easier - ETRAGE WXML Universal Integrator, Directworks for Windchill, BCT ERP-Connect, Kingslake for Teamcenter, Qlik, CIDEON V6 xPDM for ENOVIA, John Myers, PLM Connections, Aug 26, 2014 (more PLM articles)

How to Fix Small Acute Angles for CFD - removing pinnacle of acute angle using simple Boolean unite of box, cylinder, Richard Smith, Symscape, Aug 28, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Automation as a CAD Standards Enabler - making layer 'active' simply by picking object on layer in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Aug 29, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Autodesk Rounds Out Simulation Portfolio with Nastran Products - Derrek Cooper of Autodesk talked about customer-driven evolution of Autodesk's simulation portfolio, Autodesk Labs for Project Ventus for Simulation CFD, Project Sundance, Jill Jerabek, Inventor Connections, Aug 25, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, engineering analysis articles)

ACA 2015: Restoring AecCameraAdjust to Ribbon - open CUI dialog, expand 'Render - ACA' node, select 'Render Camera - ACA' node, verify panel preview shows correct panel, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Aug 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Max Management Tips - scene explorer in 3ds Max 2015 for greater control over object level, layer viewing, reallocate system resources to speed up rendering times, Brian Chapman, AUGI Library, Aug 29, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

AutoCAD Layers Deep Dive Series: Paper Space Layouts - employ plot styles to define, assign named styles to layers, remove color dependency, freeze layers to remove layer from model/paper space viewports, override layer properties by activating viewport, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Sep 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Create Your Own AutoCAD Pattern Easily - employ hatch maker to create pattern graphically, draw new entity using DRAWHATCH command, run SAVEHATCH command once objects are created in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Aug 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

AutoCAD Integration Samples for Kinect for Windows 2, Pt 4 - invoke KINFUS command to obtain mesh rather than point cloud, create SubDMesh object that contains about 2 million vertices to capture meshes in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Aug 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Inventor - Solving Assembly Constraints - visit assembly browser to change assembly view to modeling view, right click to isolate, edit improper assembly constraints located inside relationships folder, Chris Turner, CADline, Aug 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Optimal Video Card Settings for InfraWorks - right click on desktop to select video card from menu options, pick manage settings from NVIDIA control panel window, locate InfraWorks before adding selected program, Kate Ming, Ideate, Aug 28, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Vault - Reporting on a Saved Search - create search, set advanced find criteria, save search inside 'my search folders,' create report on saved search, select export button from report window to create xls format, Kim Hyde, CADline, Aug 29, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Top Rails in Revit Railings - employ 'top rail' parameter to control baluster heights, click drop-down menu to obtain predefined top rail type, visit profile, transitions parameter to select 2D profile family, regulate top rail behavior, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Aug 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Nested Family Issue - check 'plan/rcp' family element visibility settings option to restore correct shade mode color in Revit project, Jarod Schultz, Aug 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Clarity: How to Add Another User to SQL for Tasks - login to SQL server management studio, expand security, right click on logins to select new login, visit general dialog to add windows account for each user before selecting server role in Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Aug 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Exploring How to Remove a Shared Parameter Definition - employ ADN RevitLookup add-in, snoop database to explore element bound to parameter, visit modify, select parameter ID before opting to delete parameter definition in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Aug 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Gone to Pot - set octagon profile, base it on points, dimensions to lines, turn into scalable profile before loading it into another Revit mass family where form is to be created, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Aug 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Device Wiring: Using Formulas to Deliver Specific Wire Numbers - utilize information existing in variables via formula manager, apply PLC I/O wire number formula to obtain wiring numbers in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Corey Kubichka, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Reusing History in an EPDM Text Control - employ combobox dropdown linked to SQL based list that stores all previous values in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Wayne Marshall, Solid Solutions, Aug 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Making Visuals in SOLIDWORKS vs Composer - compares SOLIDWORKS tools with Composer tool set that are used in creating images, Jesse Sprague, YouTube, Aug 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Should You Move to the IT Department? - think about level of IT authority, impact of IT issues on CAD environment, make job less stressful, more efficient, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Aug 27, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Hardware Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - Intel i5 1.9 GHz processor with scaled storage space, RAM, improved power connector, mini DisplayPort connector, price starts from $800, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Aug 27, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Managing Parting Lines in Injection-Molded Parts - look for suggested parting line, consider effectiveness of its location both cosmetically, functionally, Design Engineering, Aug 24, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SIGGRAPH 2014: Clara.io - Cloud-Based 3D Modeling, Rendering, and Animation - comprehensive 3D app has hierarchical scene graph, robust support for polymeshes, keyframe-based animation, basic version is free, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Aug 27, 2014 (more CAD show articles, MCAD articles)

Review of 2 3D Scanners, Pt 2: The Structure Sensor from Occipital - uses similar technology like Kinect, itSeez3D is good for 3D scanning, 3D printing, can export file as .obj or .ply with full-color texture maps, Michael Molitch-Hou & Danielle Matich, 3D Printing Industry, Aug 21, 2014 (more 3D scanners reviews)

Managing Your Project Data with Autodesk Vault - Vault server comprises of 3 main components: database, file store, web server, provides multi-site scalability, tips for successful implementation, Bryson Anderson, AUGI Library, Aug 27, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

AutoCAD Integration Samples for Kinect for Windows 2, Pt 3 - apply KinectFusionExplorer-WPF sample for Kinect Fusion, HDFaceBasics-WPF sample for face tracking in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Aug 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Importance of the WisDOT Project Folder Structure - creates project folder, allows setting proper path to folders that makes finding Civil 3D files easier, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, Aug 27, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Infraworks Model Location - open registry folder, modify UserResourcePath to set new location of Autodesk InfraWorks model, Kevin Spear, Land Development Engineering, Aug 27, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Displaying a Stormwater Vault in Section Views and/or Profile Views - set projection style, select section view on screen before selecting command via view's contextual tab on Civil 3D ribbon, Shawn Cox, PacifiCAD Blog, Aug 28, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

5 Quick Tips for Autodesk Inventor Sketches - turn off automatic constraints, scrub desired piece of geometry with cursor to change geometry that Inventor is constraining, create arc while using line tool before right clicking to close sketch, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Aug 27, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor: Convert Mesh Features to Surface or Solids - toggle entire mesh visibility or mesh edge visibility only once STL file is imported, install mesh enabler to convert mesh to Inventor solid or composite surface, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Aug 27, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor - Modify Content Centre Part Geometry - create copy of existing content center family, modify geometry of master part, open content center to add serration geometry on landing faces, save part as custom before replacing family template, Luke Davenport, CADline, Aug 27, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

F1 Help for Ribbon Buttons - handle ButtonDefinition's OnHelp event before modifying SimpleAddIn sample project's DrawSlotButton.cs file in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Aug 27, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Toolbars - right click on any tool to select 'add to quick access toolbar,' move toolbar below ribbon by clicking on 'show below the ribbon' in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Aug 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Structure Tutorial - Attaching Structural Objects Together - attach structural columns to floors by clicking on attach top/base from context panel, attach trusses to roofs, floors to allow user attach top or bottom to various floor shapes, Autodesk Revit Structure, Aug 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Project Your SOLIDWORKS Appearances, Not Your Emotions - create honeycomb image, form custom appearance of image, visit edit appearance dialog, surface finish tab to adjust texture of model, click mapping tab to set projection option, Andrew Jaskey, CAPUniversity, Aug 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - SketchXpert - tips to fix over-defined sketches that are invalid or unsolvable in SOLIDWORKS, Jeff Jensen, YouTube, Aug 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Fight of the Century: Enterprise PDM vs. Workgroup PDM - 32-bit vs 64-bit architecture, limitations, server 2008/2012 future requirements for SOLIDWORKS/Workgroup, use for non-CAD documents, non-CAD users, Microsoft SQL performance, YouTube, Aug 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

Here's What's New in ArchiCAD 18 - improved rendering tools, 'edit multiple elements' modeling feature, improved PDF-based collaboration workflow, web-based BIM cloud manager interface, new layout revision tool, elevator design enhancement, Scott MacKenzie, CADdigest.com, Aug 27, 2014 (more ArchiCAD reviews)

Using Probes to Obtain Contact Forces in ANSYS Mechanical - change location method from boundary condition to contact region, specify desired contact region for force calculation, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Aug 26, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Engineering Drawings are Dead - limitations include: interpretation issues, need for manual inspection, time demand, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, Aug 19, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

How to Create Polygons in SketchUp in 5 Seconds - select shape tool, specify number of sides, radius of polygon, Designer Hacks, Aug 26, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Combining Parallel Slices to Create an Animation - add parameter corresponding to axial coordinate, change slice plot settings, add animation or player node to model using COMSOL Multiphysics, Mranal Jain, COMSOL Blog, Aug 26, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

3ds Max Design Tips & Tricks: Create Interesting Still Images and Animations by Adding Camera Roll - tips to add camera roll for still images, animate roll angle for animations in 3ds Max, Marion Landry, YouTube, Aug 26, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

3ds Max Design Tips & Tricks: Using the RAM Player to Compare Media - paste, save rendered image in any document, visit rendering menu to select 'compare media in RAM player' option before loading rendered image in channel A, Marion Landry, YouTube, Aug 26, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Mistakes Easily Fixed - How to Use the Trim and Extend Tools - select object intersected by unwanted lines, click 'trim' followed by unwanted line to trim them, pick line to be extended before tapping on line in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Aug 25, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

How to Get a Floor Plan from Scratch in Less Than 5 Minutes - tap walls with iPad/iPhone to allow room scan utility draw room plans, add measurements for door, windows in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Aug 26, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

AutoCAD Integration Samples for Kinect for Windows 2, Pt 2 - invoke KINECT command to capture point clouds, KINSEL command to conduct skeleton tracking that is smoother in Kinect SDK v2 while making placement biologically accurate, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Aug 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Inventor 2015 Freezes at the Start Up - open task manager to end processes called AdCefWebBrowser.exe *32, prevent recurrence of problem by unchecking 'show my home on startup' option under general tab in tools menu, Being Inventive, Aug 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Simulation Nastran Launch - Why Nastran? Why NEi? - NEi IP includes nice solutions, integrations that reach beyond standard analyses from Nastran, most compelling reason was that Nastran In-CAD product was built for SolidWorks CAD environment, John Evans, Design and Motion, Aug 27, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, engineering analysis articles)

Accessing Extensible Storage on OwnerFamily in Project - create SchemaHelper that contains one single field Id of type Guid, implement command to write data to extensible storage before invoking command in any project document in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Aug 26, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

The Universal Lollipop Tree - fix family by adding height to type name or by creating new height template, adjusting parameter shape by type, height by instances in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Aug 26, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Trying to Reinstall Previously Installed Product Result in Install Errors - uninstall Autodesk BIM 360 add-ins for each product before attempting to install Revit 2015, David Metcalf, A Word on BIM, Aug 26, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Custom Project Browser Organizations in Revit - access 'browser organization' settings from UI panel on 'view' menu, organize views into groups, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Aug 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

5 Things About PTC Creo View 3.0 M020 Release, Pt 1 - allows measuring diameter on 2D sectional view, compare drawings in raster format, zoom selected areas, edit individual face colors, supports touch-enabled input devices on Windows platforms, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, Aug 4, 2014 (more Creo articles)

5 Things About PTC Creo View 3.0 M020, Pt 2 - avail improved 3D drag selection, save drawings as 2D PDF, compute interference volumes in quick mode, multi-select markups to edit/move them, publish MBD data from NX, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, Aug 26, 2014 (more Creo articles)

SOLIDWORKS Model Property Tools, Pt 4: Check - 'check entity' tool from 'evaluate CommandManager tab' help users check model geometry to identify undesirable geometry like invalid faces, invalid edges, short edges, minimum radius of curvature, edge gaps, vertex gaps, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Running SOLIDWORKS on a Mac - employ Boot Camp or Parallels to run Windows 7/8 in Mac OS, install supported graphics card like Quadro or FireGL to increase SOLIDWORKS productivity, Jack Wilson, CADtek Blog, Aug 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tips You Should Know - click curve near endpoint before invoking sketch command, asterisk symbol indicates change in document, employ keyboard arrow keys to control rollback bar, Jenn Precopio, CADimensions Blog, Aug 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Trimble SketchUp Pro 2014 - straight forward process for exporting to IFC format, direct WebGL integration, totally revamped 3D warehouse, ability to orbit, inspect models more closely, to embed SketchUp model hosted inside 3D warehouse into desired web page, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Aug 25, 2014 (more SketchUp reviews)

Borrowing a Solid Edge Floating License - launch license borrowing from Solid Edge program group, select license to be borrowed, select date period for borrowing at top of dialog, Andrew Ecker, Cadimage PLM, Aug 26, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Surprising Results from SOLIDWORKS Workstation Graphic Benchmarking - using Lenovo ThinkStation E32 to test discrete vs integrated GPUs found Intel is gaining ground on NVIDIA, Stephen Wolfe & Jon Peddie, Graphic Speak, Aug 22, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

Multi Jet and Poly Jet Post Processing - comparatively multi jet technology demands lesser actual labor removing support, no chemicals needed, lesser time to finish for large amounts of printed parts, Jack Wolf, MasterGraphics, Au 25, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How Dassault Systemes Achieved Success - early history of Dassault, different sales approach, created innovation through research, by understanding of each industry segment processes, Francis Bernard, upFront.eZine, Aug 26, 2014 (more CATIA articles)

What are T-Splines? And How Can I Use Them? - T-Splines are combination of Nurbs, subdivision modeling, freeform tools are great for styling designs but not helpful with precisely engineered designs for items like propellers or mechanical screws, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, Aug 2014 (more MCAD articles, Inventor articles)

The Internet of Things is Changing Everything - evolving technology can help designers improve products, using real data to build predictive simulations, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Aug 25, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

What's the Best Mouse for AutoCAD? - users recommend Logitech Trackman Marble Mouse, 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator Compact 3D Mouse, Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball, Evoluent VerticalMouse, Logitech MX500 Optical Mouse, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Aug 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles, mice articles)

8 Import and Export Tips Using Various File Formats in AutoCAD - bringing AutoCAD data into Inventor to create Inventor sketch profiles, importing AutoCAD into Rhino 3D, importing AutoCAD DWGs into SOLIDWORKS, Jeff Yoders, CADdigest.com, Aug 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Review: PDF to AutoCAD iOS App - integrated into iOS, free 'PDF to AutoCAD (dwg)' utility app from Cometdocs has minimal interface, converts PDF into AutoCAD-compatible DWG easily, Stefan Boeykens, CAD, BIM & 3D, Aug 25, 2014 (more PDF articles, AutoCAD articles)

Quick Tip: Export/Import Your Custom Tab Content - save .CUIX file containing custom tab with custom panel before opening file in target PC, visit partial customization files, custom, ribbon tab folder to view newly listed tab in AutoCAD workspace contents, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Aug 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Reviving AutoCAD's Forgotten Function Keys - press F1 to go to help, F2 to view text window, F3, F4 to turn OSNAP, object snaps on/off, F5 to switch to isometric plane in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Aug 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Common Reasons for the 1603 Error During Installation - need of admin permissions to install, too many files in temp folder, restricted access to change registry key, older version of DWF viewer, setup.exe path is too long, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Aug 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Integration Samples for Kinect for Windows 2, Pt 1 - Kinect SDK v2 is much less sensitive to daylight, comes with wide variety than v1, code using APIs are cleaner, but latest SDK supports Windows 8/8.1 only, requires USB 3, available at $200, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Aug 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

How to Install Autodesk 360 Sync for Desktop as a Standalone Package Without AutoCAD - open Autodesk install media, copy sub-folder named Cloudsync to USB or network location before running AdSync.msi file on PC where Autodesk 360 is to be installed, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Aug 25, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Precise Placement of Revit Sections - draw reference plane, place section with beginning, end reference clicks, delete reference plane before pinning section in place, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Aug 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Handling Massive Scenes - check statistics to understand state of scene, employ modifier to adjust objects far away from camera, asset tracking to link assets, auto update material switches, remove modifiers from multiple objects, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Aug 25, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Reduce Inventor Part Size For Transmission - open part to be transmitted, open file properties to check size of part, visit browser to pull till end of part to top of browser, notice reduction in file size, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Aug 25, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

TRUSTEDPATHS Registry Within Civil 3D 2015 - delete registry key for TRUSTEDPATHS before recreating it as REG_SZ, else define custom profile, set value of SECURELOAD variable to 0 to disable check, make feature unusable, Ishka Voiculescu, Civil Digest, Aug 22, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D Pipe Profile Phantom Sump Depth - open part builder, select structure to be modified, click modify part sizes button to open part in separate drawing for editing, type PARTCATALOGREGEN in profile drawing to update part catalog, Mark Glennon, MasterGraphics, Aug 21, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Model Property Tools, Pt 3: Section Properties - select sketch or face, invoke section properties command to determine section properties of sketch in sketching environment, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Easily Create Sheet Metal Hems in SOLIDWORKS  - discusses open, closed, teardrop, rolled hem types, tips to add metal working processes to parts in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Aug 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Standard Files in SOLIDWORKS - method to gather files for standard library, discusses toolbox, hole wizard, design library, templates in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, YouTube, Aug 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Free CAD Software for Mobile Devices - reviews of AutoCAD 360 v2.2, Navigator Mobile v4.00.01, CadFaster Collaborate v2.0.3, cadTouch v5.0.0, TurboViewer v1.5.0, eDrawings Viewer v2.0.1, ZWCAD Touch v1.3.0, Curt Moreno, Cadalyst, Aug 21, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles, Cadfaster Collaborate reviews, eDrawings reviews, ZWCAD articles)

How Google's Project Tango and Depth Sensors will Disrupt Apps - depth sensors will help generate 3D maps from images; apps, robots will be able to understand shape of real world, Katie Collins, Wired.Co.UK, Aug 20, 2014 (more virtual reality articles)

Tech Tip - Dynamic Analysis - Femap has inbuilt capability to run frequency response analysis; typical inputs needed: damping, loads, frequencies for which response results are required, Vernon McKenzie, Cadimage PLM, Aug 22, 2014 (more Femap articles)

Print Head Replacement - step-by-step instructions to change print heads on Objet30 3D printer Daniel Lindsay, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 22, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Details in ArchiCAD - use 3D cutaway tool, go to 3D view, save it as 3D document, create document in parallel or axonometric view for dimensions to be accurate, Cadimage, Aug 22, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Create Free 3D PDF Output Files from Any CAD Software - using free apps like Meshlab, MikTEX, CADforum, Aug 23, 2014 (more PDF articles)

Modeling 3D Printable Coral Reefs with AutoDesk ReCap and an Underwater Camera - Autodesk ReCap techology is helpful in measuring coral reef growth over time, 3D models help view, monitor growth, physical impacts, disease, bleaching, Hannah Rose Mendoza, 3DPrint.com, Aug 21, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Mastering the New Selection Methods in AutoCAD 2015 - apply twist option available in SWEEP command to select new setting, control number of rotations in form of degrees around path while it sweeps, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, Aug 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Layers Deep Dive: Your Toolbox - turn on, thaw all layers, employ layer off, layer freeze options, set layer as active layer, apply layer isolate, previous, walk, merge, delete properties to increase AutoCAD productivity, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Aug 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Building a Web-Based Viewer Using the Autodesk View & Data API, Pt 2 - change document ID to equivalent URN, create new, private repository on GitHub containing sample that is clone of public GitHub repository with modified files, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Aug 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Macros - More Advanced - discusses macros that rotate commands related to UCS, PLAN, UCS to object before updating view to suit in AutoCAD LT, Adam Kimber, Aug 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD LT tutorials)

Dynamic Parts in AutoCAD Plant 3D - visit spec viewer to select custom parts spec, locate modified item, change properties, end types before adjusting spec to match existing line, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Aug 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Using Constraints & Work Features in Inventor Tube & Pipe - locate route in model browser, select 'convert to sketch' option to convert auto route, modify 2 shortest dimensions, delete all parallel/perpendicular constraints to fully constrain route in Inventor, Chris Benner, CAD Notes, Aug 21, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

From Rhino to Revit - create Revit model from Rhino surface, export surfaces as ACIS file, import .sat file in new conceptual mass family before adjusting position, creating curtain system by face in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Aug 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Rhino tutorials)

Dynamo for the 99% - Selecting Objects a Different Way - use string node to type out category with prefix 'OST_' when selecting objects, Edwin Guerra, BIM Blog, Aug 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

That One Thing in Solid Edge ST7 - quick view cube gives quick access, transitional control to common orthographic, isometric views, Ken Grundey's Blog, Aug 21, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Interview with Chris Dayton, Planner for Synchronous Technology - favorite new function in ST7, future releases of Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Aug 21, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Creating a Black Box in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - insert black symbol into schematic drawing, assign component information to black box before loading black box from library in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, Jack Wilson, CADtek Blog, Aug 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Quick and Easy Analysis of Document References - go to file, select find references option to identify location where software is looking for files in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Aug 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - How to Use the OR Condition in Workflows and Categories - select file, highlight OR condition to group new conditions under it, avoid highlighting OR condition to obtain AND condition, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Aug 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Access - visit 'register my products' under my support section, enter serial number, select version to access knowledge base, downloads, Ashley Johnson, DASI Solutions, Aug 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Taking the Xpress Out of Simulation - compares SimulationXpress with SOLIDWORKS simulation package, SimulationXpress limits simulation to single part rather than analyzing full assemblies, fixes only faces, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Aug 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Trimble's Q2 Highlights Broad Diversification - total revenue for quarter was $642 million, up 11% y/y, product revenue was $469 million, up 10%, announced more partnerships, acquisitions, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Aug 20, 2014 (more AEC articles)

VP of Altair and President of Visual Solutions Discuss the Simulation Industry - Altair acquired Visual Solutions, suggests simulation before geometry, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Aug 20, 2014 (more CFD articles)

3 Reasons Why Size Won't Matter in PLM Future - horizontal integration, technological transformation, business dynamics will affect PLM platforms, apps in future, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Aug 20, 2014 (more PLM articles)

The Possible Future of MCAD CG and Interaction Innovation Showcased at SIGGRAPH 2014 - technologies showcased: magnetic motion tracking system for dexterous 3D interactions, 3D perspective-corrected interactive spherical scalable display, tactile interaction device with virtual force sensation, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Aug 20, 2014 (more CAD show articles, virtual reality articles)

And Then There Were 3: Autodesk Boosts Its Simulation Powers by Bringing NASTRAN Into the Fold - Autodesk is looking beyond pure design integrated simulation, might extend tools like iLogic to encompass automation of both design, simulation, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 20, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, engineering analysis articles)

AutoCAD Layers Deep Dive: Layer Translator and Reconciling Layers - map set of layers to standard set of user using layer translator, enable new layer notification, select whether just to evaluate xrefs or all new layers before using use reconcile option, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Aug 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Building a Web-Based Viewer Using the Autodesk View & Data API, Pt 1 - visit Autodesk developer portal to generate access key, pass valid access token, create unique bucket names before registering uploaded file with viewing service, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Aug 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Decomposing Material Mapper Transform Matrix - code to retrieve details from transform matrix of entity's material mapper in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Aug 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

To Create a Detail View with a Rectangle as Its Border - form base view of part, open 'create drawing view' dialog box to view type, scale, select vertex in base view before specifying first, opposite corner in AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical tutorials)

Specify Worksets and Save - verify if specify option is selected when project is opened, enable worksets before saving file for first time in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Aug 20 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Setting the Phase of a View - employ RevitLookup to determine what storage type built-in parameter VIEW_PHASE is expecting, set storage type using element id in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Aug 20, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting Linked File Data Without Opening the RVT - tips to employ transmission data class to obtain information about linked files without opening Revit files, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, Aug 20, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Use SOLIDWORKS Composer Projects - An 8 Step Guide - save assembly file once created, open Composer to import assembly, select configuration to import before converting SOLIDWORKS file into Composer, Scott Woods, HRS Blog, Aug 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Model Property Tools, Pt 2: Mass Properties - explore mass properties window before reporting values, decimal places, material density, adjust accuracy level to change speed/coarseness of calculations, update mass properties information before saving document to enhance system performance, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Shortcuts to Enterprise PDM Vault Subfolders - browse to folder whose shortcut is to be created, copy folder path, create Windows shortcut manually with folder path before selecting work mode from tools menu, Jenn Pouliot, CAPUniversity, Aug 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Use a Sheet Format in SOLIDWORKS Composer - create new project, set white project background, insert, link 2D vector image to sheet format file, select actors before creating custom view form workshop ribbon, Simon Beamish, Solid Solutions, Aug 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Simple Steps for Stopping Tears and Starting 3D Print Projects in SOLIDWORKS - create new assembly file, sketch extents of printbed in layout, form each piece as new part in assembly, Josh Mings, SolidSmack, Aug 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Ignore Permissions from Previous States - tick 'ignore permissions in previous states' option located in released properties dialog to reset permissions in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Aug 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Review of 2 3D Scanners, Pt 1: The Sense from 3D Systems - low-cost, handheld 3D scanning device for consumers, generates watertight, full-colored 3D model instantly, Michael Molitch-Hou & Danielle Matich, 3D Printing Industry, Aug 20, 2014 (more 3D scanners reviews)

BIM Scope Creep - 'scope creep' is incremental expansion of project's scope; BIM scope creep are 2 main types: demand-side, supply-side; educate client, clarify BIM requirements to prevent BIM scope creep, Rexter Retana, BIM ThinkSpace, Aug 20, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Renaming Parts in a Solid Edge Assembly: A How To - open assembly, edit into component to be renamed, perform 'save as,' close, or open assembly, select component, use 'replace part with copy command,' Andy Rigby, Cadimage PLM, Aug 19, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Small Feature Removal for CFD - identify small features, use another volume like cylinder to remove a small feature, use geometry Boolean unite operation to combine original flow volume, cylinder, Richard Smith, Symscape, Aug 19, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Autodesk Sets Second Quarter Record - Q2 revenue was $637 million, up 13% compared to Q2 of previous fiscal, Delcam acquisition contributed $11 million, billings increased 27% from a year ago, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Aug 19, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Inside the Display System - understanding 3 major elements of display system in AutoCAD Architecture: display representation, display set, display configuration, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Aug 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

AutoCAD LT - Who Needs It? - AutoCAD LT provides 3 major aspects (design, documentation, collaboration) of AutoCAD at 28% of cost of AutoCAD, Brian Benton, Novedge, Aug 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD LT articles)

AutoCAD: Make Your Hidden Lines in Solids Hidden - invoke VISUALSTYLES command, locate occluded edges section in visual styles palette, change 'show' from no to yes, linetype from solid to dashed in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Aug 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD: Dimensions Do Not Match the Object When Printed - apply VISUALSTYLES command to highlight hidden styles located at top of visual style palette, change value of silhouette edges section to 1, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Aug 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Challenge 3: Reusable Content - add information to blocks as attributes, create dynamic blocks to extend block capabilities, annotative blocks to recognize active scale, adjust block scale, manage blocks using design center in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Aug 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AcDbRegion::transformBy - reset system wide tolerance to restore legacy behavior in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Aug 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Selection Cycling Missing Icon Missing in Civil 3D 2015 - visit customization button located in right corner of status bar, select 'selection cycling' to restore icon in status bar, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Aug 19, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials

Apply Electrical Panel Template to Panels in Revit - select electrical panel schedule in panel schedules section, open change template dialog to apply desired panel as existing panel, or visit manager templates option to change selected panel schedule appearances, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Aug 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Handling Duplicate Types on CopyElements - create new class that implements interface IDuplicateTypeNamesHandler before calling CopyElements in Revit, Augusto Goncalves, AEC DevBlog, Aug 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Accessing Discipline and Duplicating View Template - employ View.Discipline to return discipline of view, apply copy, paste API to duplicate templates in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Aug 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Seen at Siggraph Vancouver 2014 - mobile chip competitors ARM, Imagination Technologies, NVIDIA, Qualcomm were present, Jon Peddie Research discussed virtualization, limitations of cloud, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Aug 19, 2014 (more CAD show articles, virtual reality articles)

Autodesk Steps Up at Siggraph 2014 - Autodesk announced integration of Shotgun's Pipeline toolkit apps with Foundry's Mari, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Aug 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

SOLIDWORKS Model Property Tools, Pt 1 - apply measure tool to check distances, angles, radii, size between points, surfaces, planes, set measure units/precision options before using tool in SOLIDWORKS, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS SNL Options - offers organization with flexibility to use SOLIDWORKS licenses, allows administrators employ tools that are based on FlexLM technology, Eloise Jean, Innova Systems, Aug 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Reduce Manufacturing Errors with Sheet Metal Bend Tables - set bend order, right click to select edit feature, specify order of bend before inserting bend table into SOLIDWORKS drawing, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Aug 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Hints & Tips: Select Other - choose 'select other' option to hide entity directly underneath selection, left click on model to pick required selection in SOLIDWORKS, Jake Gosling, CADtek Blog, Aug 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Icosahedron Surfacing Tutorial - sketch rectangles on each plane, set dimensions, apply planar surface tool to create surface on plane before mirroring surface across front plane, Solid Professor Blog, Aug 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Copy with Mates - employ feature to copy, mate multiple components faster in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Aug 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Leveraging the Value of 3D Design Data - downstream benefits of 3D data: better sales proposals, sales tools, more effective training materials, assessment of maintenance issues, better collaboration, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Aug 18, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

A Quick View of CadSoftTools' ABViwer - has robust authoring environment with drawing tools to create detailed drawings from scratch, supports neutral formats, Standard version is available for free, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Aug 18, 2014 (more MCAD articles, visualization articles)

Shape Up the Way You Search with EXALEAD OnePart - search engine provides 'Google-like' simple search box interface to search all various datasets, Jeff Gherardi, MCADCafe, Aug 14, 2014 (more Dassault articles)

Missing Layout Tabs in AutoCAD - visit options dialog box, click display tab to check 'display layout and model tabs' option, save setting to local registry profile to avail feature in future AutoCAD sessions, Dennis Collin, CADline, Aug 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Drawing Properties Stored in the Project .WDP - invoke UPDWDPFROMDWG command after adding drawings to project, before editing drawing properties to restore custom properties that are read using LISP command in AutoCAD Electrical, Pat Murnen & James Alger, Autodesk Systems Design Blog, Aug 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

About Changing Dimension Associativity - apply DIMREASSOCIATE command to select dimension(s), step through extension-line origin points of each dimension, change non-associative dimensions to associative in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Pipe/Structure Stations & Elevation at ProfileView - select part of profile view to obtain GeometryExtent in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Aug 18, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Right Reading Text Labels - save family with different name, copy generic annotation, align, lock to vertical reference plane before setting instance visibility parameter in Revit, Chuck Jolin, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Aug 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

From Their Cold, Dead Hands: How to Pry Users From Their CAE Programs - Autodesk acquires NEi Nastran but in no hurry to convert users of high-end CAE software, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Aug 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, engineering analysis articles)

Autodesk Flow Design the Easiest CFD Program Ever - easy to set up, handles wind-tunnel simulation, available for $210/year, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Aug 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CFD articles)

Automation in the Draft Environment: Layer Handling - building layer purging utility using VB.Net in Solid Edge draft environment, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Aug 18, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Interview with Art Patrick, Solid Edge Assemblies Master - Q&A about getting started in CAD, Solid Edge, role in in putting new release together, favorite new feature in ST7, most underused functions in software, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Aug 15, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Conjugate Heat Transfer in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, Step-by-Step - prepare geometry, create flow simulation project, select project wizard to set project name, configuration, unit system, analysis type, default fluid, 'initial and ambient conditions' before setting thermodynamic parameters, Terence Woo, HRS Blog, Aug 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Importance of Organization - organized feature tree allows easy usage of search tool, improves SOLIDWORKS productivity by saving time for sharing files, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Duplicate File Names - open SOLIDWORKS EPDM administrative program, expand vault to find 'file types' section, open duplicate file name check dialog box to allow/avoid duplicate files names in file vault, John Shuey, Design Point Solutions, Aug 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Creating Custom Sheet Metal Forming Tools in SOLIDWORKS - create part to be used as forming tool, click forming tool, select face as stopping face, faces to remove before defining insertion point, Solid Apps Blog, Aug 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Inserting Model Dimensions into a Drawing - tips to bring in drawing dimensions from entire part or from just few features in SOLIDWORKS, Tony Riggs, YouTube, Aug 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Reality Computing Connects 3D Printing to Scanning and Design Software - definition of reality computing, spatial sensing technologies used to capture data for reality computing, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Aug 14, 2014 (more 3D scanners articles)

The Internet of Things: What It Means for Designers - network of physical objects that contain embedded processors, sensors, software, digital UI that are connected to internet and to each other, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 14, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

New Technologies Ushering in the Maker Movement - key enabling technologies: internet, cloud, 3D printing, open-source hardware, more flexible design tools, fabrication services, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Aug 12, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Coordination with Grasshopper - coordinating complex ceiling with concrete structure, mechanical equipment, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Aug 16, 2014 (more Rhino tutorials)

Hexagon's Q2 a Mixed Bag of Good/Bad, Up/Down - total revenue in Q2 was up 6% in constant currencies, revenue up 7% in cc in Europe, revenue from Asia was up 5% on organic basis, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Aug 14, 2014 (more engineering articles, CAM articles)

InRoads Tip: Modify End Condition Priority Conflicts - go to each component, open component properties dialog, change each priority individually or open test end conditions dialog, select check priorities button, modify all priorities at once, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Aug 15, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

Tips for Successful Builds with the MakerBot Replicator 2X - avoid printing with 100% filling to parts, turn on heated tray feature, level build tray before each build, polish Kapton tape to allow better sticking, Brian Allan, CAPUniversity, Aug 15, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How to Use Groups and Components in SketchUp to Create a Fence - model one of support posts for fence, create top, bottom supports, set guides on bottom support, create pickets in fence, Justin Geis, Designer Hacks, Aug 13, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Sefaira for Revit Offers Daylighting Visualizations Inside Revit - Q&A about Sefaira for Revit plug-in, making informed design decisions, benefits of using radiance, DAYSIM for daylighting visualization, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Aug 15, 2014 (more Revit articles, AEC articles)

Migrating Your Company Template to ArchiCAD 18 - open attribute manager in V17 to export custom composites/layers, import in V18 by either replacing existing content or by just adding more content to it, Jonathan Breen, Cadimage, Aug 18, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Bluebeam Tip: Autosequencing for RFI Text Box Markups - create text box with no text, open toolchest to drag it in tool set, adjust color, fill preferences before defining numbering sequence, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, Aug 14, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

Time to Tame the Beast: Learn to Customize Autodesk Inventor - interrogating live document, writing pseudo code to figure out flow of program, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Aug 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Model with a View - employ VPORTS command to create viewport configuration, visit viewports dialog from configuration list to select 2D or 3D, viewing direction, visual style before resizing/joining existing viewports in AutoCAD, Isaac Harper, AECCafe Blogs, Aug 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

AutoCAD FILTER Command: A Good Alternative to QSELECT - apply QSELECT command to save selection set criteria to retain settings, FILTER command to compose searches using Boolean selection criteria, add properties from selected object before applying filter, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Aug 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

FBX File Format from Inventor or Revit and AutoCAD - install 'FBX Review' tool to review 3D assets, animations, apply FBX format to transfer data from Revit to 3ds Max design, Dennis Collin, CADline, Aug 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD tipsRevit tutorials3ds Max tutorials)

Help: My Autodesk Vault Icons are Having a Monochromatic Attack - visit 'get started' tab inside Inventor to select properties, select active project, check if vault is single user to ensure that it is used by project else reset project, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Aug 15, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Revit Fails and Fixes - work in wireframe mode, open only required worksets, compress Revit files often to avoid speed fails, set lined backgrounds to evade visibility fails, zoom in to escape size fails, Todd Shackelford, AUGI Library, Aug 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Select Previous - select items in plan view, change to 3D view to unselect items, hold ctrl key while hitting left arrow to reselect previous selection in Revit, Mike Taylor, BIM Wits, Aug 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Outer Space - employ swept blend tool to swept blend with straight line, create void extrusion with hole in middle, closed loop at each end, set 2D splines on reference planes to create cushion in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Aug 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Streaming Apps and Virtual Machines from SIGGRAPH 2014 - X.IO app from OTOY, Numecent NaaS app-streaming platform were launched, NVIDIA announced availability of NVIDIA Grid VCA, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Aug 15, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

SIGGRAPH 2014: 'Oscars of Computer Graphics' is Innovators' Chance to Shine - virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing were dominant themes of event, Gillian Shaw, The Province, Aug 12, 2014 (more CAD show articles, virtual reality articles)

Solid Edge ST7 Released with a Host of New Features - component tracker, center of mass display, curve length dimension, reference text, assembly patterning, Scott Wertel, ENGINEERING.com, Aug 13, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Solid Edge Replace Part Options - replace part command has 4 options: replace part, replace part with standard part, replace part with new part, replace part with copy, Ken Grundey's Blog, Aug 15, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

The Secret Language of Surface Design - Solid Edge can provide C2 continuity where ever needed, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Aug 15, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Getting Motivated with SOLIDWORKS Motion - defining motion of driving motor or force, discussing segments, data points, expression motor definitions, Chris Schaefer, SolidNotes, Aug 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Hole Wizard Database File is Not the Expected Version - select hole wizard/toolbox system option, set correct path, pick correct data folder before clicking ok in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Aug 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Path Length Dimension for a Group of Sketch Entities - tips to model sketch that can have fixed length for group of elements, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Aug 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3D Printing Growth: Unstoppable Even If 'Moore's Law Doesn't Apply' - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass says 3D printing will overcome current limitations in next decade, will continue its penetration in production, while coexisting with subtractive methods, Diego Tamburini, CADdigest.com, Aug 14, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Siemens PLM Teamcenter: Separating Platforms and Apps - platform aspect of Teamcenter will deliver core capabilities, data, schemas, apps will be built to deliver specialized functionality, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Aug 12, 2014 (more Teamcenter articles, PLM articles)

No More Excuses: It's Time to Merge MCAD and ECAD - PCB design requires connectivity information unlike MCAD apps, PCB requires libraries of components, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Aug 6, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Digging Beneath the Surface - Bentley Subsurface Utility Engineering app allows project managers to bring together data from number of sources, geolocate it, produce accurate 3D models of sub-surface terrain for interactive inspection, utility conflict detection, clash resolution, CAD User, July 2014 (more AEC articles)

Building Information Modeling FTW: Top 10 Benefits of BIM - capturing reality, streamlined workflows, version control, improved collaboration, rules-based simulation, conflict resolution, Matt Ball, CADdigest.com, Aug 14, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Challenge 2: Template - create new template file, adjust template location settings, manage layers in drawings, add annotation style, define page setups to work productively with AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Aug 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

About Finding Area and Mass Properties Information - employ BOUNDARY command to calculate area bounded by several 2D objects, LIST command to find area, perimeter of polygon, MEASUREGEOM, AREA commands to specify series of points in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Compositing 3D Objects into Photographs - locate image to place object, scale image to match size of 3D scene, locate CamPoints on existing objects, analyze EXIF info before matching render settings, adjust photo background in 3ds Max, Indre Kuzminiene, 3DTotal, Aug 13, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials

What's New in Inventor Publisher 2015 - allows associativity with CAD formats, editing lists to add new custom properties, quick access to appearances, publishing in varied formats, Australian CAD Blog, Aug 14, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

iLogic Rule - Check Whether iProperties are Overridden - apply macro to verify if iProperties mass, volume are manually overridden in current document, CADforum, Aug 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

BIM Management Preamble - parts of basic outline for BIM process management for managing Revit project: proposal stage, schematic, design development phases, Jay Zallan, AUGI Library, Aug 13, 2014 (more Revit articles, AEC articles)

Set the Revit Survey Point - open plan view, turn survey point from visibility graphics, unclip survey point before moving point to preferred location, select specify coordinate at point command in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Aug 13, 2014  (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: Corrupt Central File Troubleshooting Overview - visit user machine to ensure if video driver is up-to-date, clean temp folder items, check network latency, troubleshoot errors related to central file before checking syncing, local copy creation issues, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Aug 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Benchmark Your Injection Molding Simulation - factors responsible for simulation inaccuracies, benchmarking requires systematic approach to eliminating problems after comparing simulation with molding practice, Russell Speight & Franco Costa, MoldMaking Technology, Aug 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Cutting the Impossible - quality machine tool, programming system with next-generation tooling to machine deep 3D cavities, cores, Roger Gobel, MoldMaking Technology, Aug 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Weldments Alignment Option - create construction sketch geometry, form plane based on sketch line, set new sketch on top plane to adjust length, spacing for weldment profiles before using alignment selection box in SOLIDWORKS, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Animate CAM Motion in SOLIDWORKS - create path by opening 3D sketch, convert one edge of groove into sketch, move sketch along CAM axis to midpoint of groove before coincidentally mating sketch point of follower to path sketch of CAM, Art Woodbury, CAPUniversity,  Aug 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, CAM articles)

Excluding Components from Your Simulation Studies - right click on component located in simulation tree to select 'exclude from analysis' command, else create configuration for simulation study to suppress components not required in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Aug 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Design Studies with SOLIDWORKS Premium - tips to analyze assembly, determine trends to make better design decisions, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Aug 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Electronics Cooling Module for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - evaluate design features quickly, compare different ventilation options by simply swapping configurations in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Aug 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Quick Filters in SOLIDWORKS - toggle icon on/off located in right corner of window to filter part files, assembly files, drawing files, top level assembly in SOLIDWORKS, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

NVIDIA Quadro K620, K2200, K4200 & K5200 Review - based on Maxwell architecture, Quadro K2200 has 4GB memory, enough for 3D CAD, ray trace rendering; Quadro K5200 has 8GB memory, good choice for iray-based ray trace rendering, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 12, 2014 (more graphics cards reviews)

BIM is a Verb - coverage of 'Collaborative BIM Round Table' event, industry experts talk about BIM levels, deliverables vs receivables, David Chadwick, CAD User, July 2014 (more AEC articles)

Phase Change: Cooling and Solidification of Metal - modeling phase change with apparent heat capacity method in COMSOL Multiphysics, application to continuous casting process, Nancy Bannach, COMSOL Blog, Aug 12, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Teradici and Dell Launch Software-Based Workstation Virtualization at SIGGRAPH 2014 - PC over IP approach lets user use lightweight device to access, drive more powerful machine hosted on server or located offsite, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Aug 12, 2014 (more Dell workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

Autodesk in the Big Leagues with Nastran - Autodesk enhances simulation software portfolio by launching Autodesk Nastran, Autodesk Nastran In-CAD 2015 versions, seeks to create productive simulation tools to simplify workflows, take FEA to cloud, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Aug 12, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Migrating Data Shortcuts - if newly migrated data shortcut xml files are saved in different location than old ones, user will need to move new folder to location of old folder, Ben Johnson, Envision CAD, Aug 12, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoCAD Layers Deep Dive: CAD Standards - create drawing standard, using CAD standards tool to check drawing against standards file, configuring CAD standards, performing batch standards check, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Aug 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

An Updated Implementation of a CAD Standards Plugin for AutoCAD Using .NET - understanding process of building, loading plugin in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Aug 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD File Tab Tips - select display options, check 'display file tabs' to better manage several open drawing files at one time, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Aug 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Change Your Autodesk Feedback Community Username - login to Autodesk account, click on change link located beside user ID, modify user ID, set password before clicking on submit button, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, Aug 11, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Dual Unit iProperties in Autodesk Inventor - code to create custom iProperties, perform unit conversions based on imperial/metric conversions, add current document units in model by generating new rule in part or assembly, Clinton Brown, CADline, Aug 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

3ds Max Design Tips & Tricks: Mental Ray Glare Effect - visit renderer tab inside render setup to include glare effect on top of rendered object that adds interest, creativity to rendering, Marion Landry, YouTube, Aug 11, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials

3ds Max Design Tips & Tricks: Background Image Adjustments - open 'environment and effects' tab to set HDRI image as environment, drag environment to material editor to have access to mapping parameter, change offset to adjust orientation of image, Marion Landry, YouTube, Aug 11, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials

Adding a Category (Family Table) to the Catalog Database - confirm if category is missing from category drop down, select database to be modified, type category code, description to create table, modify _family_description table in AutoCAD Electrical, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, Aug 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Customize a Report with a User Post File - click user post button on report generator dialog box to allow .dcl file define options, edit .dcl file to change option labels, review .lsp file to add code in AutoCAD Electrical, Pat Murnen, Autodesk Systems Design Blog, Aug 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Filter the Project Browser by Discipline - right click on views to open browser organization, pick edit button to specify filtering rules in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Aug 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Activate Your Family Symbol Before Using It - FamilySymbol regenerates in commit transaction only, not when it is created in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Aug 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

The Ultimate Revit Custom Material Marathon  - tips to find custom material maps, create custom materials like polished concrete floor, custom CMU wall, realistic glazing in Revit, Jeffrey Pinheiro, YouTube, Aug 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SEACAD.ini - Under the Hood - SEACAD.ini file stores settings chosen by user when saving Solid Edge draft files to DWG format, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Aug 12, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

How to Reattach a Bolt Circle and Its Dependent Dimensions (Draft Environment) - select bolt circle, update drawing by reattaching handles to appropriate references in Solid Edge, Frederic Menage, Design Fusion, July 31, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Revolved Cores in SOLIDWORKS 2014 - create open sketch, form revolved surface, employ intersect feature to intersect solid bodies, revolved surface in SOLIDWORKS, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Aug 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Section Views in SOLIDWORKS - show internal details of parts, assemblies by creating views in SOLIDWORKS drawings, YouTube, Aug 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

First Look Review: Lenovo ThinkStation P500 P700 P900 - workstations for mainstream CAD/CAM, high-end CAE, FLEX bays to add additional I/O ports, card readers or storage, standard FLEX drive trays, revamped supporting software, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 12, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Using Material Extractor to Grab Textures from SketchUp Models - save textures from selected component, import extracted texture palette into any other model, Deana Rhodes, SketchUp, Aug 8, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Visualization in Creo View is 23 Times Faster Than Creo Parametric - benefits of visualization technology, Windchill publisher helps link lightweight images to native CAD data, open assembly in Creo View using latest configuration, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, Aug 11, 2014 (more Creo articles, Windchill articles)

Vico Office R5 Brings Integrated BIM Workflow to Construction Management - Q&A with Marcel Broekmaat of Trimble about purpose-built construction management software, Vico Office, its most important new features, difference between 'model-based,' 'cost-model' based estimating, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Aug 11, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Autodesk Fusion 360 - has rendering mode, improved material library, options for lighting environment combined with progressive ray tracing, improved projects tab, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 11, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

DogeSharp in AutoCAD - as Dogescript compiles to JavaScript, DogeSharp gets translated to C# which then builds .NET executable, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Aug 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD's Vault Browser - auto-hide external references palette, check if overlayed file references appear in xref palette for referenced drawings, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Aug 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Connected Workgroups - Change Snapshot Folder Location - create folder in network location, visit workgroups in ADMS console to select workgroup replication properties, provide publisher replication credentials to allow access to Vault folder, Johannes Bauer, Cracking the Vault, Aug 7, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Mirror - select object to mirror in AutoCAD 360, click on drawing to specify first point of mirror axis, drag while tapping second point to obtain preview of line before it is mirrored, AutoCAD 360, Aug 11, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

3 Ways to Generate Ambient Occlusion in 3ds Max - create ambient occlusion using mental ray, scanline renderer, MAXscript in 3ds Max, Uriel Deveaud, Cgtuts+, Aug 11, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow - employ auto grid, object isolation, object visibility, placement tool to model sides of object, toggle isolation selection, make objects see-through, adjust placing of objects respectively, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Aug 11, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Beam Me Up, Scotty: Using Autodesk Revit Beam Annotations Tool - tag beams in linked model, user can select up to 6 different tags to appear on beam, choose information to be displayed for sloped beams, Kate Morrical, CADdigest.com, Aug 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

View Titles for Views Rotated on the Sheet - right click on family view title located under annotation, turn on reference planes in visibility/graphics before counteracting rotation of view to keep view title horizontal in Revit, Chuck Jolin, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Aug 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Room Finishes Update - model floor finishes inside every room by selecting floor type, height offset, pick unbounded height room parameter to create insulation at correct elevation in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Aug 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Purge Unused Wish - 'purge unused' tool searches entire database to select unused types, uncheck all to avoid purging types that should be retained in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Aug 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Modeling the Finnish Drum - create section outline of column by constraining 2 arcs to left, right of reference plane, link reference point's rotation parameter to angle of column in Revit, BIM Troublemaker, Aug 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Accessing a Revit Server Central Model Path - Q&A to determine existence of saved project during DocumentSavingAs event in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Aug 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Hole Wizard and Hole Table Together - check 'near side countersink' option located at bottom of options dialog, adjust diameter, angle to obtain both hole wizard, chamfer properties in SOLIDWORKS hole table, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Creating a Client Administrative Image - visit Windows run menu to enter location of EPDM setup.exe, select default language, appropriate product type, click editor option to choose add-ins before specifying network location to save client administrative image, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Aug 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Ahead in the Cloud - GRAPHISOFT's BIMcloud includes tools for built-in conflict resolution, extremely high network tolerance, is optimized for multiple office setups, David Chadwick, CAD User, July 2014 (more AEC articles, ArchiCAD articles, cloud articles)

Simulating Wear in COMSOL Multiphysics - simulating pin-on-disc wear test to validate contact-offset-based wear model implementation, Nagi Elabbasi, COMSOL Blog, Aug 8, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

A Quick Introduction to the PTC Creo ECAD-MCAD Collaboration Extension (ECX) - Creo ECX helps identify, resolve potential electromechanical issues easily, record, manage design change process more efficiently, Mark Brunelli, PTC Creo Blog, Aug 8, 2014 (more Creo articles)

Create a Ramp Using Standard Stair Tool - draw shape of ramp using FILL tool in plan view, in center of ramp, draw reference line that indicates starting point, end point of slope of ramp using ArchiCAD, Cadimage, Aug 8, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Quick and Easy Customizing - tips to add CTAB system variable to field, assign object snap to function key, add toolbar in ribbon workspace, rotate objects using copy option in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, CADTutor, Aug 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

AutoCAD - Common Problems with Everyday Commands - set value of FILEDIA, PICKFIRST system variables to 1 to view normal dialog box when browsing files, allow selection of objects in drawing before picking commands, Justin Doughty, CADline, Aug 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Challenge 1: Preparation - work better with AutoCAD program: set goals, examine existing drawings, find common objects, settings, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Aug 7, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Updating an Item from File - start with set of files when creating items from files, whereas start with items when updating items in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Aug 8, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

3ds Max Design Tips & Tricks: Mental Ray/iRay Depth of Field - employ depth of field for Mental Ray/iRay rendering to add realism, allow viewer focus on vital elements of image, Marion Landry, YouTube, Aug 10, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials

Bing Map Connection in Civil 3D 2015 - sign into Autodesk 360, assign coordinate zone to drawing files, open 'map off' button to add style of imagery, employ online map-capture area feature to capture specific map area, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, Aug 8 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Flatten Files in Autodesk Inventor - uploader app allows publishing drawings to cloud, comes with web interface, allows mobile viewing, available at $1500/year for five contributors, 500 GB of storage, unlimited viewers, John Evans, AUGI Library, Aug 7, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

What's New in Inventor 2015 - Freeform Design - select shape that fits final part, pick starting point before deciding number of sides, avail edit form tools to adjust handle, add handle grips in Inventor, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Aug 8, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Curtains That Flex - apply reference lines to draw rectangle, add equalization plus parameters for width, depth, include dimensions for curtains, reference line along top face to vary depth of troughs/valleys in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Aug 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Visibility Graphics Grayed Out - visit ‘view template’ to ensure that visibility/graphics window is not included in Revit view properties, Gareth Spencer, CADline, Aug 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Linking Projects with Different Shared Coordinates - tips to control ability to use shared coordinates in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Aug 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Location Marker - place family at base point of project, insert negative values to position snap point in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Aug 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Text Leaders in Revit - determine type of leader, position of arrows located beside text before placing arrow in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Aug 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Apply a View Template to All Views on a Sheet - right-click on sheet, select 'apply view templates to all views' option to apply template properties to all views currently attached on sheet, Gareth Spencer, CADline, Aug 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

System Families Filter and Beach Aerial Picture - apply WhereElementIsElementType(), ElementClassFilter() sequentially to return all system families in Revit, Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Aug 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit MEP 2015 Tutorial - Viewing the Model in 2D and 3D - BIM tool allows viewing 2D floor plans, ceiling plans, elevations, detailed views, expand 3D views in project browser to avail 3D view of plan, Kayla Baum, Infinite Skills Blog, Aug 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Create Curves Faster: The Style Spline in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 3 - if style spline terminates on endpoint of another entity, hold down Alt key while double clicking to end curve in order to automatically apply tangent relation at that endpoint, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, Aug 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Design Iterations Using Trend Tracker - apply 1000 psi to circular face, fix bolt holes, set up trend tracker in SOLIDWORKS, change thickness of rib, study effects on results, Franco Rotoli, CADimensions Blog, Aug 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Best Practice: Non Revision Changes - use minor revision workflow loop to pull file out of released or production state to make little changes that don't actually affect form, fit or function of part, Derek Lawson, InFlow Technology, Aug 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics: Insert Molding - consider 2-part model, identified, SOLIDWORKS Plastics can identify parts as cavity, insert, generates tetrahedral mesh to capture geometry, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Surface Splines and Equation Splines - creating barrel cam, appropriate cam groove in part using SOLIDWORKS, Drew Potter, MCAD Tech Blog, Aug 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Comparing Native PDM Systems for Solid Edge and SOLIDWORKS - SOLIDWORKS EPDM is light but Solid Edge SP has unique features, functions for managing drawings, data, Attilio Colangelo, CADdigest.com, Aug 5, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, SOLIDWORKS articles)

When is Gravity Loading Necessary for Resonant Vibration Problems? - flexible systems gravity effects cannot be neglected otherwise FEA models for resonant frequency calculations will be incorrect, David Dearth, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

The BIM Viewpoint - survey report about current penetration of BIM within AEC industry, extent of BIM adoption in UK industry, CAD User, July 2014 (more AEC articles)

Editing the Scale List in AutoCAD - select drawing setup from format menu to manually enter new scale values, or edit registry keys to create new key representing scales in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Going Mobile with Autodesk's PLM 360 - smaller screen real estate of free mobile app can makes viewing of CAD drawings challenge, PLM 360 Pro priced at $75/user/month, Enterprise version at $150/user/month, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Aug 6, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Adding a Spatial Filter to a Block Reference - create clip boundary type meant for non-editor databases if filter lacks database in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Aug 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Using CUIx Resource dll with Image Transparency - using .ico files in resource-only dll for cuix files in AutoCAD, Philippe Leefsma, AutoCAD DevBlog, Aug 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Share Files in Work Groups Using Vault - discusses file management, version control system for engineering data, Autodesk Knowledge Network, July 29, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Civil View for Civil 3D and 3ds Max Design - avail out of box version to export corridors, surfaces from Civil View, subscription options to access additional enhancements from subscription center, Geoff Woodhead, CADline, Aug 6, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, 3ds Max tutorials)

Create a Local Copy of a Central Model - select folder where central model resides, pick Revit Server that hosts central model, click save as dialog to create local copy of central model that is already open, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Aug 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Low Wall Cut Display - set top constraint to same level as in base constraint before adjusting top offset as required height, Justin Doughty, CADline, Aug 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Building Topography in Revit from SketchUp - tips to create topography for project massing model by leveraging SketchUp data in Revit, David Beach, YouTube, Aug 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

PTC Creo 3.0 - impressive Unite Technology, sub division surface modeling tools, Design Exploration Extension module to experiment with form, function, improved patterning with Flex Modeling, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 4, 2014 (more Creo reviews)

Visual Work Instructions: What's the Big Deal?- creating, deploying interactive product animations that offer rich description of assembly/disassembly process using PTC Creo View, PTC Windchill, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Aug 6, 2014 (more Creo articles)

How Effective is Your Insulation? - generate suitable model for study, turn on SOLIDWORKS Simulation add-in, create study, apply variables to it, TMS CADCentre, Aug 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Get Control with Global Variables - creating, assigning global variables to model dimensions using equations or modify dialog box in SOLIDWORKS, Christopher Mowatt, CAPUniversity, Aug 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Creating Animations - discusses steps that can help create animations easily using composer in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Aug 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Sheet Metal Fold and Unfold Tools - employ sheet metal commands that allows cutting parts in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Aug 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Learn How to Use SOLIDWORKS Configuration Publisher - when inserting parts, sub-assemblies into main assembly, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Aug 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Designing Our 3D Printer Lab - creating floor plan of office building in SOLIDWORKS, verify that required furniture, printers would fit inside new lab design, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, Aug 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using 3D as a Design Medium - with integration of direct modeling methods, CAD apps are more than documentation tools, can be used as tools to explore designs in more depth, Chad Jackson, PTC Creo Blog, July 28, 2014 (more CAD development articles, MCAD articles)

Toward an Architecture of Performance: Reconciling Performance and Design - 3 different approaches to achieving both excellent performance, high design: performance as subservient to design, design as subservient to performance, performance as partner in design, Carl Sterner, AECbytes, Aug 5, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Digitizing Landscape Architecture: Rhino in Landscape - NURBS geometry, impressive interface, plugins like Lands Design, Flamingo, V-Ray make Rhino affordable, robust modeling program that offers more than SketchUp, Jason Packenham, Land 8, Aug 5, 2014 (more Rhino articles, AEC articles)

Quick Tip: Modify the Settings for Select Similar - open CUI, navigate to select similar command, change command name, modify macro, set button image alongside command before dropping newly minted command in AutoCAD QAT, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Aug 5, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

AutoCAD: How Can You Create a Shape Using a Polyline Without Tracing - invoke boundary command, select type of boundary from object type drop down, choose pick point button inside enclosed shape to obtain enclosed region on top of shape area, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Aug 5, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Tips for Using the WIPEOUT Command - draw polyline around circle, employ DRAWORDER command to edit block, send back wipeout if wipeout blocks some lineweight in AutoCAD, Jessica Confer, Cadalyst, Aug 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

Trying Out Autodesk 360 - create new project, invite members to project, upload files to make them visible in embedded viewer browser, avail 3D viewer to isolate elements by categories, display every elements properties, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, July 26, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Set or Get Lisp Symbol in .NET - employ TypedValue object data type along with LispDataType to store multiple fragments of information in Lisp symbol, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Aug 5, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Transform Object with a Series of Moves - move selection along X+ axis with some distances, rotate objects along axis before shifting object in Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, Aug 5, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Troubleshooting: When Subassembly Targets are Not Optional - assign daylight target surface to avoid corridor from ignoring daylight sub, place marked point in assembly before attaching sub that requires it as target, spell marked point name correctly in Civil 3D, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, Aug 5, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Top 10 Interface Secrets - avail search feature, float toolbars, configure modifier sets, move rollouts in command panel, apply numerical expression evaluator, quad menu command, safe frames, hole & fetch tool to accelerate workflow, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, July 28, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Inventor: Multi-Body Part Modeling, Pt 2 - creating assembly, parts from master part, cleaning-up parts by setting iProperties, Dave Breiner, Synergis, Aug 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Robocoaster Animation Demo: Inventor Workflow to 3ds Max Design 2012 - tips to animate Inventor assembly in 3ds Max, Shawn Hendricks, YouTube, Aug 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials

Debug iLogic Code - place trace calls inside rules to debug code in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Aug 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Turn Off Parts in Views Without Using View Reps - right click view to select edit view, uncheck associative link in drawing view dialog box to override view, turn off visibility of individual parts in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Aug 4, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015 - Wall Cladding - unlock wall cladding layer, modify bottom of instance of wall, new grips at bottom of wall help offset bottom of wall, John Flanagan, CADline, Aug 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Tagging Elements - set tag to be used by default when tagging elements in Revit, or select everything to be tagged, then use 'tag all' option, choosing tag type to be used, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Aug 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

The Way We Build - using Revit to research heritage buildings, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Aug 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Performance Tips - displaying complex views, loading large models, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, July 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Explorer - Where Used Function - define search location, set up folder search path using options icon, visit 'references/where used' tab to add folder where assembly file is to be stored, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How Do You Change Line Thicknesses in a SOLIDWORKS Drawing? - visit system options, document properties menu to adjust line thickness before saving drawing as template in SOLIDWORKS, Ketul Patel, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How I Use CFD to Play with Coffee in SOLIDWORKS - CFD analysis measures heat, bulk changes in pressure, back-calculates thermal loads or pump pressure to improve system's performance, Chris Schaefer, SolidNotes, Aug 5, 2014  (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Create a Custom Interface for Entering File Properties in SOLIDWORKS - click property tab builder from resources tab, press 'create now' in custom properties tab, store tab templates in properties.txt file, Solid Apps Blog, Aug 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Migrating BricsCAD License From One Computer to Another - de-activate license from first computer, then re-activate on new computer with same license key, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, Aug 2, 2014 (more Bricscad articles)

MicroStation Tip: Apply Elevation to Shapefile Attachments - to configure shapefile attachments to assign elevations based on database values, set MicroStation variable MS_ELEVPROP_AS_Z equal to elevation field defined in database, Rod Wing, Envision CAD, July 31, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

PTC Kicks Up IoT Focus with Axeda Acquisition - Axeda Machine Cloud Service includes machine-to-machine, IoT connectivity services to remotely monitor, manage wide range of machines, sensors, devices, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, July 31, 2014 (more PTC articles)

FARO's Q2 Highlights Growing Interest in Reality Computing - revenue up 20% y/y to $82 million, net income increased 74% to $6.3 million, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Aug 4, 2014 (more 3D scanners articles)

Copy Cat: The Art of Copying in AutoCAD 360 - select objects, click copy button to set base point of copy, tap again to set second point that defines direction of copy tool, adjust distance of copy, AutoCAD 360, Aug 4, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Grading Gone Wrong - create pool with 2 proposed feature lines, top/bottom of pond locations, elevations to allow grading to interact in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Aug 4, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Drawings in Navisworks - load contents of DWF file into Navisworks from project browser menu, prepare all sheets/models, select element to display it in other view, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Aug 2, 2014 (more Navisworks articles, Revit tutorials)

What's New in Inventor 2015 - Direct Edit - employ feature to remove holes, add additional material to top of screw, tap move, size, rotate, delete options to modify geometry, add material to top of hubs for casting purposes, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, July 31, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Preset Displaying of Thread Features in Inventor 2015 Drawing Views - employ thread features in part view to enable threads of all subsequent drawing views automatically, preset parameter through registry to turn on thread features, CADforum, Aug 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Batch Adding Shared Parameters to Revit Families - install Revit extensions to avail tool hidden on extensions tab, copy modified families into 'updated specialty equip' folder, load families in single blank project file to confirm workload, Glynnis Patterson, Ideate, July 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Origin and Exporting to AutoCAD - discusses project base point, survey point, original origin, unclip, move project base point to differentiate 0,0 point in AutoCAD export with project base point in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Aug 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, AutoCAD tips)

Matching Workset Naming with Linked File Worksets - employ 'manage links' dialog to alter open status of linked file in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Aug 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Fixing Branch Panel Load Issues in Revit - add wiring to devices on few circuits for low voltage panel, check connection between 120/240 panel, transformer, ensure if distribution systems between transformer, three phase panel is set to 480/277, David Butts, The MEP BIM Engineer, Aug 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component Water Volume - make points adaptive to avail new properties, set Z workplane before placing reference point, map parameter to offset value of points before associating points, mapping parameter in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, July 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Phases - visit project phases tab to define phases, determine lifespan of every object, create graphic overrides to change object colors by phase status, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, July 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Xi MTower LE Workstation Review - designed for complexities of running engineering applications, fitted with Intel Core i7-4790 processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K600 graphics card, takes up little desk space, base price starts at $799, Alexander Murray, CADdigest.com, Aug 4, 2014 (more Xi workstation reviews)

A Peek Inside Dell's Precision Workstation Labs - Dell's emphasis on systems engineering, efforts to deliver optimum performance, reliability in its Precision workstations, Dell Precision Performance Optimizer tool to simplify, automate, optimize workstation settings, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Aug 4, 2014 (more Dell workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

5 CAD Programs for the 3D Printing Enthusiast - software available for free: TinkerCAD, Autodesk 123D, SketchUp, FreeCAD, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, Aug 1, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing 101: Create Special Effects - creating beautiful light box using multiple material capabilities of Objet Connex 3D printers, You Tube, July 27, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Automation: Parametric Assemblies - using 'OccurrenceDocument' object of occurrence in assembly to access peer variables of occurrence part in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Aug 4, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Solid Edge - What's New in Solid Edge ST7, Pt 1 - YouTube, July 31, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Why Bezier Curves Matter: The Style Spline in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 2 - advantages of using Bezier curve over B-Spline: control, continuity, quality, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, Aug 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Summer of Simulation, Pt 2: Why Your Designs Get Better When 50% of Them Fail - 50% sure test has equally uncertainty whether test will succeed or fail, consider example of bracket using SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, July 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Learn SOLIDWORKS Simulation in Under 11 Minutes Tutorial - simulating linkage arm being pulled with force of 500 lbs, Nicholas Luyster, Go Simulation, Aug 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - An Unexpected Tool Inside the Laboratory - modeling flow of air inside enclosure, Marie Planchard, SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog, Aug 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

An Opposite Hand Blog, Pt 2: Thinking Inside the Bounding Box - select any 2 parallel faces to create midplane, apply 'create opposite hand version' option to correct orientation of flipped parts in SOLIDWORKS, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, Aug 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Locate Your Graphically Heavy Components in SOLIDWORKS - employ graphics-triangles property to determine components that causes slow down of graphics in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Aug 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Spur and Helical Gears with SOLIDWORKS - choose part template, right click on component icon to unhide equations manager, set global variable name, values to calculate pitch/root diameter, base circle before creating sketches, YouTube, July 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Ease of Use Drives 3D Scanner Adoption in Engineering - scanner selection criteria: consider application requirements, set-up time, versatility, user requirements, accuracy, resolution, scanner size and range, Brian Albright, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2014 (more 3D scanners articles, engineering articles)

4 Skills for the Internet of Things - 4 IoT competencies for design engineers: embedded software, communication capabilities, instrumentation, data and security, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

PTC Moves Away from the Pack, Stays Firmly in It - Q3 revenue was $337 million, up 7%, CAD revenue up 10% to $149 million, revenue from Americas was flat  at $130 million, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Aug 1, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Autodesk Skyscraper - built on Autodesk 360 platform, Project Skyscraper enables multiple companies or firms with multiple locations to author model simultaneously using Revit BIM process, AEC Magazine, July 31, 2014 (more AEC articles, Autodesk articles)

Dynamic AutoCAD - creating dynamic blocks, duplex outlet using visibility states, Walt Sparling, AUGI Library, Aug 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

A Window Into Autodesk Fusion 360's Near Future? - commenting on videos showing potential implementations of simulation, design accelerators in Autodesk Fusion 360, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Aug 1, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Your Favorite AutoCAD Tips Tricks and Pranks - locate middle of rectangle or a location, use temporary override to disable all snapping, object tracking, check files, its references or attachments in/out from AutoCAD Vault Browser, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, Aug 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2015 - Model and Layout Tab Display - open CUI on manage tab to turn model/layout tabs control on or off, left click on lower right corner of AutoCAD interface to regulate status bar icons, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, July 31, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Layers Deep Dive Series: Adding Standard Layers to Your Drawings - apply match properties tool to create layer with same properties, tool palettes to hold frequently used contents, design center to share content between drawings, blocks to standardize symbols, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Aug 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Civil 3D 2015 - Extend Profile Entity - select extend entity to pick existing elements, determine area to locate connecting element, employ grip edits to avail ease in editing, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Aug 1, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials

Inventor 2015 Locks Up After Starting - open task manager to kill unresponsive Inventor pages, cancel warnings related to background running tasks, disable Inventor from startup to prevent home screen from locking up, David Gate, CADline, Aug 1, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor iLogic - Normalizing and Assembly - employ normalizing when naming with components to allow easy working with multiple unique instances of assembly, Gavin Bath, YouTube, July 31, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Yes, Revit Can Produce a Hand-Sketched Look - access graphic display options dialog box, check 'enable sketchy lines' box, adjust jitter, extension parameters, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Aug 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Architecture: Are Your Levels Black or Blue? - level heads are blue if they have associated plan view, else they are black, uncheck 'make plan view' option if associated plan view is not required when creating new level, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Aug 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

New Features for Family Creation in 2015 - sort parameters automatically with move up or move down tools, avail tooltip descriptions before creating families, adjust new image parameters before entering images as instance/type parameter in Revit, Chuck Jolin, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, July 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Is Cloud-Based CAD Ready for Prime Time, Pt 3 - server-based computing solutions offer high-performance, interactive computing for CAD, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, July 31, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Workstation Review: Digital Storm Slade PRO - entry-level workstation is available in 4 different configurations, well built, uses excellent components, offers lifetime customer care, unsurprising performance, base price starts at $1,910, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Aug 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Manipulate and Modify 3D Solids in Bentley MicroStation - basic object manipulation and editing commands, applying to 3D primitives vs 2D drawings, Peter Mann, YouTube, Aug 1, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Freeform Surfacing with a Network of Curves in Bentley MicroStation - tips to create custom surface using mesh network of curves, Peter Mann, YouTube, Aug 1, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Stress Values in Specific Places - Sensors - click on top of sensors folder to avail 'add sensor' option, set sensor type, data quantity, generate reference points before adding sensor to monitor stress in SOLIDWORKS, Rory Niles, Solid Solutions, July 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to: Set Default Values on Enterprise PDM Search Cards - open search card in card editor, determine variables, open default values command from card menu before setting defaults in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Rod Levin, InFlow Technology, July 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

EPDM - Spanning Archive Over Multiple Drives Using Relocate Tool - create full backup of database, archive, expand server list to open vault whose archive is to be spanned before relocating EPDM server in SOLIDWORKS, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Aug 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

The Beach Ball Icons in SOLIDWORKS - select appearances to pick face, override appearance by choosing level to be affected, copy/paste appearances, click on red 'X' to remove appearance from any level, John Setzer, SolidNotes, July 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Intelligent Numbering: What's the Great Part Number Debate? - understand PDM/PLM system part number generation capabilities, limitations of any other systems that interact with parts, go through every activity that requires interpreting part numbers, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, July 24, 2014 (more PDM articles)

New VisualARQ Grasshopper Components Exercises: Create Slabs and Stairs - assign curve to stair as path, define other stair parameters, create slab, define slab parameters, subtract boundary from slab, link stair contours with slab holes, Francesc Salla, VisualARQ, July 29, 2014 (more Rhino tutorials)

KeyShot Samples - use samples effectively in KeyShot to create renders more efficiently without overtaxing CPU cores, KeyShot, July 30, 2014 (more KeyShot articles)

New Kid on the Block - Dassault Systemes is tailoring its powerful CATIA modeling solution to address all aspects of BIM, offers AEC apps 'Building Space and Planning,', 'Facade Design for Fabrication' that run on 3DEXPERIENCE architecture, AEC Magazine, July 30, 2014 (more AEC articles, CATIA articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - integrated Maxon Cinema4D, enhanced component creation, editing, ability of walls to inherit end surfaces from adjoining walls, browser-based BIM server manager, AEC Magazine, July 30, 2014 (more ArchiCAD reviews)

Easy & Effective: ProSoft PowerTools - fully integrated with Civil 3D, have ability to add station, offset to points, to create alignment with stick method, Versioner to easily verify plans for latest versions on site, Shawn Herring, AUGI, July 30, 2014 (more Civil 3D articles)

5 Reasons to Upgrade Your CAD Software - file compatibility, gain access to as many efficiency tools as possible, Smaller learning curve, subscription is cheaper in long run, Autodesk is ending an upgrade path, Brian Benton, Novedge, July 30, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD industry articles)

AutoCAD: Dimbreak for Dimensions That Cross - DIMBREAK command to break dimension while maintaining its association, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Produce a Panoramic Render in One Simple Step - Navisworks 2015 has ability to utilize cloud rendering services directly, along with 'cloud render' option, Autodesk 360 account, user can create interactive raytraced panoramic image, Demir Ali, Autodesk Digital Prototyping, July 30, 2014 (more Navisworks articles, Autodesk 360 articles)

What Happens to AutoCAD Blocks in Autodesk Inventor? - nested blocks are exploded, imported as single block, block definitions are translated to sketched symbol formats, place instances of imported symbols in AutoCAD drawing just as sketched symbols are created in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, July 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

Create UCS Constraints - locate XY, XZ, YZ planes of UCS object, check if planes are constrained using FlushCostraint to WorkPlane inside each subcomponent in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

How Do Autodesk Inventor Dimensions Work? - model dimensions control size of features in parts, assemblies, reference dimensions show measurement of geometry in part or assembly, Autodesk Knowledge Network, July 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit - Double Click Options - open UI area from options menu, open 'customize double-click' settings dialog, change double-click action for family to 'do nothing' in Revit, Liam O'Connor, CADline, July 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Launching a Stand-Alone Executable - call LaunchExe method that employs .NET System.Diagnostics process functionality to launch external executable command in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Common Mistakes Made by Novice, or Self-Taught Users, Pt 3 - revision manager app to relocate files, repair links, rename file, press 'Editor' icon to open model in Solid Edge, Cory Goulden, Design Fusion, Mar 31, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

BlueSurf - Modeling an Accelerator Grip - using BlueSurf feature, cross-curve commands in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, July 30, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Free SOLIDWORKS Weldment Profiles - open design library, expand contents folder, visit weldments section to choose standards to be downloaded, locate weldment profile path, paste unzipped contents into folder, Lars Christensen, CADimensions Blog, July 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Robots in Disguise: SOLIDWORKS Display States & Configurations - adjust display states to control appearance of model, access display states from feature or configurations manager, visit display pane edits to edit active display state, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, July 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Getting Cleaned Up - Using the Enterprise PDM Cleaner Service - employ archive service cleanup process to remove deleted archives, verify archive consistency, else click registry editor to locate vault key, set key value, schedule string manually in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Guy Edkins, CAPUniversity, July 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Nonlinear Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium - tools allows testing designs that undergoes large deformations or have varying material properties, YouTube, July 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How Can I Download All the Files of an Assembly So That I Can Work with Them Locally? - employ 'pack and go' functionality to copy SOLIDWORKS parts, assemblies, drawings, design tables, decals, appearances, scenes together into zip file while keeping file references intact, Solid Professor Blog, July 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Weldments Overhauled - Learn How to Take Advantage - tips to create weldment profile in SOLIDWORKS, Mikhael Sande, YouTube, July 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

About the SolidWorks Part Reviewer - turn on add-in, use play controls to walk through model feature-by-feature or play entire part automatically, Greg Jankowski, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, July 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Is It Time to Revisit CAD in the Cloud? - advantages of CAD in cloud are nullified when we consider ubiquitous bandwidth requirement, cheap storage space, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 29, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, cloud articles)

The Challenges of Integrating BIM - exploring legal, non-legal challenges posed by BIM level 2 implementation, practical tips for contracts, using, incorporating BIM protocol, AEC Magazine, July 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

BIM in the Cloud: Industry View - industry consultants Nigel Davis, David Fano find out to which extent firms are currently using BIM in cloud, its meaning for AEC industry, AEC Magazine, July 29, 2014 (more AEC articles, cloud articles)

Should This Project Be a BIM Project? - consider project characteristics: construction type, program complexity, budget, schedule/timing, project delivery method, team BIM capability, existing building documentation, Laura Handler, (bim)x, July 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Mac Magic Mouse - open mouse settings, tick secondary click, download MagicPrefs app to activate wheel click in ArchiCAD, Mark Horrocks, Cadimage, July 30, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

All the Ways to Select and Deselect Objects - tap, drag from left to right to select all objects located in selection window, hit object to highlight, press deselect button to deselect everything at once in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, July 23, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Vault - Finding Files with High Version Count - visit Vault client to select root folder, click find tool to look for files, set property version, condition from advanced tab before locating Vault folder where file is stored, Kim Hyde, CADline, July 29, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Single Label Selection in Civil 3D - employ single alignment geometry point label to select entire string of labels, choose only label picked by holding ctrl key, single alignment label, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, July 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Split Your Views and Track Me Down - select viewport configuration to choose number of view ports in model space, visit station tracker option inside analyze tab to enable tracking in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, July 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Create Twisting Sweeps in Inventor 2015 - sweep command comes with enhanced dialog that allows twist factor for controlling number of rotations along sweep geometry, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, July 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor: Multi-Body Part Modeling, Pt 1 - plan design intent before creating multi-body part, form sketch to control, constrain design, decide on model parameters before creating first, second extrusion in Inventor, Dave Breiner, Synergis, July 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Quick Tip - 5 Minutes Visualization - tips to change visual style, projection from orthographic to perspective, adjust ground plane settings in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, July 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Apprentice from a Windows Service - run service under some user account, copy all Inventor COM object entries from HKCU section of registry to HKLM, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture: Displacement Sets - pulling whole curtain wall panel out of model of corner of building, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, July 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Central File Issues Diagnostics - Saving to a New Location - allow one user open central file, select yes button from audit warning dialog box, pick detach, preserve worksets in open dialog, save project before clicking on synchronize, modify settings, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Dockable Windows - discusses nuances involved in docking properties palette, project browser in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, July 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Turnstile Families - create tripod, add 2 reference places to generic model, visit left elevation to generate sweep, finish path by setting workplane to profile plane in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, July 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

PTC Creo FMX and Unite Technology: Better Together - Creo Flexible Modeling Extension takes care of relationships, history tree when editing model, combining with Unite technology creates flexible, agile multi-CAD supply chain that leverages both new, legacy data, Monica Schnitger, PTC Creo Blog, July 28, 2014 (more Creo articles)

PTC Creo 3.0 New Features: Face-to-Face with Brian Thompson - Unite Technology is helpful in collaboration in multi-CAD environments, Creo 3.0 addresses 4 key areas: Freestyle, Creo Layout, Creo Direct, Design Exploration Extension, CADplace, July 2014 (more Creo articles)

5 Women You Should Know About in the World of 3D Printing - Neri Oxman from MIT Media Lab, Grace Choi, founder of Mink 3D printer, Jennifer Lewis from Harvard, Leila Ladani from NASA, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 28, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

5 Men You Should Know About in the World of 3D Printing - Bre Pettis of MakerBot, Peter Weijmarshausen of Shapeways, Chuck Hull of 3D Systems, Hod Lipson of Robotics Engineer, Keith Murphy of Organovo, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 28, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How to Render Cosmetic Threads - apply metal appearance to cylindrical face of part, edit appearance, visit mapping tab to pick cylindrical face, adjust shape/size of image until cosmetic threads are of reasonable size in SOLIDWORKS, Peter Harkness, Solid Solutions, July 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS: What Makes a Golf Ball? - split line command to split construction surface into triangular sections, employ edges to pattern bodies of revolve feature, apply mirror commands to create entire golf ball, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, July 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

BCF: BIM Collaboration Format Explained - BCF is list of issues of models, enriched with snapshots, comments, status that can be linked to building elements, Nando Mogollon, [Open]BIMer, July 22, 2014 (more AEC articles)

CAD Standard for 3D Data - basic prismatic shape of part is always synchronous, interpolated (lofted) shapes must be ordered, use synchronous features when possible, detail features should be ordered in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 28, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

'Other' Revenue Uptick Helps Dassault Systemes Second Quarter - total revenue was $750  million, Simulia line of simulation tools reported 'double digits' percentage growth, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 24, 2014 (more CATIA articles)

Users Rate Highest Quality 3D Printers - Form 1 3D printer by Formlabs, Projet 660, Zcorp by 3DSystems, MakerBot Replicator are among best available 3D printers, Jill Scharr, Tom's Guide, June 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Solution Joining for Parametric, Eigenfrequency, and Time-Dependent Problems - joining parametric stationary solutions, performing parametric sweeps using more than one parameter, Temesgen Kindo, COMSOL Blog, July 28, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Part Numbers are Hard. How to Think About Data First? - disconnect part numbers, classification from specific applications, generate PN based on classification, business needs, processes, use independent service to convert independent PN into system specific identification, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, July 28, 2014 (more PDM articles)

How ACA Users Benefit from SketchUp - importing ACA File into SketchUp, creating walls, adding doors, windows, making a component dynamic, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, July 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials, SketchUp tutorials)

AutoCAD Layers Deep Dive Series: Layer States - open layer dialog to set layers, visit ribbon to save active status of layers, implement layer changes before capturing current layer state, visit edit option to modify existing layer states, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, July 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

AutoCAD One Key Shortcut Guide - excellent AutoCAD alias, shortcut reference guide, Autodesk, July 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Update Drawing Details in AutoCAD - select section view, create circular/rectangular details, drop cursor in elevation model, drag section beside model to obtain detail in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, July 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Determine DWG File Version - open DWG in Notepad, change default file filter to 'all files,' use first 6 characters to identify DWG format from provided list, without opening them in AutoCAD, Michael Partenheimer, Cadalyst, July 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Export from Vault - invoke export command to obtain information directly out of Vault into an Excel spreadsheet, employ DATALOADER to add more property information, Chris Turner, CADline, July 25, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

App Review: Able2Extract 8 - Extract CAD Drawings from PDF - simple to use, 3-step conversion to any of available output formats, customizes conversion output prior to conversion, saves time while adjusting output settings, available for $100 on Windows, Mac, Linux platforms, Gil Cordle, CAD Clues, July 28, 2014 (more PDF articlesAutoCAD articles)

Get Ribbon Images - understanding ribbon API codes to retrieve images in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 Sketch Horizontal or Vertical - display hand reference line while placing constraint to specify direction it is going to constrain in Inventor, David Gate, CADline, July 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Change a Dimension Style Once a Dimension is Placed on a Drawing - create 2D view, pick dimension, apply annotate ribbon, style tool before noticing dimension callout changes to selected style in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, July 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Solving the Mystery - Revit Linked File Disappearing - adjust clipping settings to normal by setting far clipping views to 'clip without line' or no clip option in Revit, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, July 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Coordinates, Base Points, Surveys and Making a Toposurface - set up AutoCAD, get longitude/latitude information related to AutoCAD site file, manage place, make view, link Revit Structure or MEP file to Revit Architecture file origin to origin, Jay Polding, Revit in Plain English, July 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

RGB Transform - transform method replicates any geometry from one coordinate system to another, 'cross product' tool returns vector perpendicular to plane defined by 2 vectors, Eduardo Roca, Dynamo, July 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

PTC Strengthens IoT Position By Acquiring Axeda - Axeda's innovative technology, customer base, partnerships can directly complement PTC ThingWorx business, acquisition is expected to add $25 million to $30 million of revenue in FY'15, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, July 25, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Resolving Fit Issues with PTC Creo View - manual vs automated interference detection, PTC Windchill-based interference analysis is useful to track, route interference task through Windchill managed workflows to fix issues, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, July 28, 2014 (more Creo articles)

An Opposite-Hand Blog, Pt 1 - modify tool to mirror sketch vertically or horizontally by adjusting handle, pick mirror as feature to create separate mirror feature in tree unlike sketch mirror in SOLIDWORKS, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, July 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Get a Handle on SOLIDWORKS Weldments - learn about 3D sketches, profiles, YouTube, July 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

ASME Simulation Analysis for Pressure Vessels - creating optimized pressure vessel, assessing it under fatigue with respect to cyclic thermal, mechanical loads, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, July 25, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

The Upstarts of the 2014 CAD Landscape - details on current state, future trajectory of CAD offerings by IronCAD, Kubotek, Lagoa, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, July 23, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

3 Legal Issues to Consider When Designing Projects with a BIM Workflow - communication outside BIM file, control of model, ownership of design, Werner Sabo, Planet Vectorworks, July 21, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Rename Named Objects - Blocks, Dimension Styles, Layers, and More - RENAME command to select named objects to be renamed, type new name in 'rename to text box' in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, July 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating a Data Link with an Excel Table - open data link manager to create new Excel data link, click ellipsis button to link data link to Excel file before inserting AutoCAD file, AutoCAD Tips, July 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

New Features in Civil 3D 2015 - Convert Free Curve - visit profile layout toolbar to select curve through point option that allows placing vertical curve or vertical parabola between fixed elements, Graham Riddleston, CADline, July 25, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Importing TAGS from an External Source - select external list after placing symbol, save browsed list in .CSV or .TXT extension, highlight exact text from 'choices' before overriding button adjacent to AutoCAD Electrical attribute, Miles Nicholson, CADline, July 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Splunk Plugin for Vault - open IIS manager in Vault server, select URI query, perform sanity check before opening up Splunk to add data, set data type, create new field for reading Vault operations, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, July 25, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Showing Component Names After Constraints in Autodesk Inventor - open relationships folder to view constraint, offset types, add component names, check 'display component name after relationship names' option in assembly tab, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, July 27, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 3D Sketch Bends Ease Tube Transitions - include 2D geometry inside 3D sketch, draw line geometry before constraining lines, creating 3D bend at each vertex, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 25, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Modeling MBS, Pt 2: The Boat - create new family using generic model adaptive template, host shape handle point on same reference plane as ellipse, add inner circle, reference points before hosting ellipse, straight arc in Revit, BIM Troublemaker, July 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015 - employ trim/extend multiple elements tool on structural elements, apply crossing section on elements to be extended, select horizontal partition wall before dragging crossing selection box to trim multiple elements, John Flanagan, CADline, July 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Want a Powerful, New Way to Share, Store and Search Your Revit Content? Your Families May Have a New Home - Unifi is Revit's content management system that stores content, offers clean interface, simple to deploy, auto-updating features with no server-side concerns, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, July 26, 2014  (more Revit articles)

Molding the Makers - enthusiasm of Autodesk CEO Carl Bass about maker movement is proving beneficial for DIY people, Daniel O'Connor, TCT Magazine, July 23, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

New 3D File Search Engine Changes the Shape of 3D Printing - 3D-based search engine, 3DShap.es, searches 3D printable file depending on 3D shape, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 28, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Amazon: Bringing 3D Printing to the Masses - Amazon's marketplace is providing 3D designers with platform to sell goods to potentially much larger consumer market, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 28, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Automation: Part Configurator, Pt 2 - select text editor toolbar to change color of all selected lines, click save part button to save configured part to separate file in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 21, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Automation: Part Configurator, Pt 3 - set default file name depending upon configuration selected before saving configuration in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 28, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip, Pt 5 - select 'customize quick access toolbar,' expand dimension option to right-click on 'distance between,' select large button to make accessibility easier in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, July 26, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Benefits of Using Derived Configurations in SOLIDWORKS - creating parent configurations of bicycle wheel, adding derived configurations for each; derived configurations helps create parent-child relationships within individual configurations, Matt Goldwater, CADdigest.com, July 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

A Solution for Designing with Fabrics in SOLIDWORKS - employ ExactFlat to integrate 3D to 2D flattening, pattern making tools, nesting, documentation inside SOLIDWORKS, Rod Mackay, Javelin Technologies, July 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New Vault Management Tool in SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM 2014 - feature validates, rebuilds, reboots server without making server remote, Rod Levin, InFlow Technology, July 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Select the Appropriate GPU for Your CAD Workflow and Your Budget, Pt 2 - consider display real estate, high-end, specialty video support, GPGPU acceleration, GPU memory size, bandwidth, power consumption,  Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, July 24, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

DS Q2 All About CATIA: Oh, and Acquisitions - annual revenue up 7%, CATIA revenue up 4%  but up 11% in constant currency, Dassault closing 1-2 acquisition deals per month, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, July 24, 2014 (more CATIA articles)

Why CAD Standards are Still Important - CAD standards save time, make training easier, outsourcing more efficient; set high-level list of objectives that should be addressed by CAD standards, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, July 24, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Hexagon Acquires Vero: Metrology Meets Manufacturing - acquisition will strengthen Hexagon's software offerings, extending reach of newly developed metrology planning software to include CAM, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, July 22, 2014 (more engineering articles, CAM articles)

Does Your Shop Use DNC Software to Move G-Code Around? - sophisticated DNC software has capabilities like drip feed, pull requests, finer-grained monitoring, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, July 19, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Advancing BIM Toward 'Level 3': Compounding the Benefits - in level 3 vision, assets, their components are networked, connected within their physical environment, providing feedback for operational controls, maintenance, safety, Greg Bentley, Infrastructure Intelligence, June 11, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Why AECOsim? - AutoCAD vs MicroStation; AECOsim is extension of MicroStation, user can unload discipline modules from within AECOsim, Pedro Martin Garcia, BIM WIP, June 28, 2014 (more MicroStation articlesAEC articles)

The Power of Bentley AECOsim - integrated BIM solution includes architecture, engineering, construction, owner/operator simulations, Building Designer offers realistic rendering capability, hypermodeling, AECOsim Energy Simulator simulates energy needs, environmental conditions, VIA Technik, July 2014 (more MicroStation articlesAEC articles)

Autodesk 360 - sort information by time frame after sign in, view any available additional cloud services, share documents as private or public, Amanda Abbott-Wiemann, MasterGraphics, July 24, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

AutoCAD 2015, Oh Now That's Classic - invoke CLASSICLAYER command to open classic layer dialog, apply LAYERDLGMODE system variable to toggle between CLASSICLAYER command, LAYERPALETTE command in AutoCAD, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Pinvoke acedSetFunHelp in ACAD2015 - understanding changes in entry points of function acedSetFunHelp between 32, 64 bit machines in AutoCAD 2015, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Ribbon Creation - My First Ribbon - open CUI to create new ribbon, create new panel, add custom commands, apply CUILOAD command to load CUI file in AutoCAD, Adam Kimber, July 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Kicking It Old School - DWFx It - open Revit to export 3D DWFx, click next in DWF export settings before saving file in DWFx format, open IE to view DWFx file, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, July 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Autodesk articles)

Family Management Utils - WIP - link different projects into single control file, obtain families from linked files, create assemblies with 3 main views, dimensions for each type in Revit, Paolo Emilio Serra, Punto Revit, July 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Teaching a Man How to Fish and Schedule Creation - tips to add fields from Excel sheet along with data to Revit schedule using Revit API, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Fuse Filament Welding Clamp for 3D Printers - device has heating element in the center of clamp that welds 2 plastic filament together, 3ders.org, July 25, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

A Glance at 3D Systems' Patented Metal Print Technology - 3D Systems' printers use roller compress device that rolls tightly over each layer of metal powder, compressing it firmly, spreading it more thinly, preventing dust from settling, creating much more accurate print, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 25, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Creating Symbols with SOLIDWORKS Electrical - add part to manufacturer parts manager, insert symbol to symbols manager before associating it to manufacturer part, insert symbol into schematic once symbol is drawn, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, July 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using Spring Connectors in SOLIDWORKS Simulation to Reduce Complexity in Your Analysis - replace components with spring connectors to minimize number of components to be meshed, improve solve time, shorten analysis setup time, Paolo Olmos, HRS Blog, July 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tips for Submitting an Enhancement Request - fill request form briefly while making it appear business type, easy to implement, popular to SOLIDWORKS users, Brandon Donnelly, SolidNotes, July 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Plot Manager - tips to manage displays of multiple simultaneous plots, Tim Roberts, YouTube, July 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Promise and Reality of CAD on the Cloud - renting CPU cores is area of cloud computing that offers real value for businesses, poses minimal security risk, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 9, 2014 (more CAD management articles, cloud articles)

PLM Implementations: Nuts and Bolts of Data Silos - consider 3 important data architecture aspects of every PLM implementation: data management, data reporting, data consistency, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, July 22, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Changing a Block Insertion Point - set value of BLOCKEDITLOCK system variable to 0 to make block editor usable, close block editor button before clicking 'save changes' to allow block reflect moved insertion point in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, July 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Synchronizing Model Space Viewports - employ AcEditorReactor::viewChanged event handler to obtain view change notification in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating Fence and Wall Lines in InfraWorks - draw linework/area, Bing imagery using geolocation feature, ensure if there is break in line, set polyline to open, import file into InfraWorks before adjusting spacing in table option, Jack Strongitharm, From the Ground Up, July 23, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

The One Where All Stations Shows Zeros in Profile View - switch profile view style to check if values update, it may be due to style not being set to show 'station values for tick label style' in Civil 3D, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, July 23, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

More on GENIO Export from Civil 3D: Alignments - right click alignment grid view header, select customize view, ensure if PassThroughPoint1, PassThroughPoint3 parameters are marked visible in Civil 3D, Jack Strongitharm, From the Ground Up, June 25, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Accessing Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Services - log into Autodesk subscription site, select 'product and services' to view list of InfraWorks 360 tools, choose 'edit access' to provide access to user in Civil 3D, Ron Butzen, MasterGraphics, July 21, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Will Autodesk Inventor's New Freeform Modeling Tools Change the Way You Design Forever? - modeling with T-Splines is quick, easy, but it is very basic in Inventor 2015 as compared to far more mature implementations in Rhino,Fusion360, Paul Munford, Novedge, July 23, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

List Sheet Names in iLogic Form - create multi-value user parameter, form rule that keeps value of parameter up-to-date, apply PrintSheet rule, generate form that maintains sheet parameter, PrintSheet rule in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Place Component Occurrences on Separate Layers - understanding code to set component occurrences of assembly inside drawing in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Workflow, Pt 7: A Step Further - Action Recording - discusses tools like depth of field, camera tilt, camera lens glare, self-illuminated materials for rendering with mental ray in 3ds Max, Marion Landry, YouTube, July 23, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorialsInventor tutorials)

Add a Custom Material to a Custom Content Library Family in Autodesk Inventor - create custom content center family from existing custom family by changing materials to stainless steel, add stainless steel materials to custom content library, John Hackney, YouTube, July 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Simplify Structural Engineers' Workflow with Add-Ons - 3rd-party add-ons like Smart Assemblies, Truss+ RT, Rafter+ help in generating shop drawings with required schedules, dimensions in views, roof framing plans in Revit, Renata Jociene, AUGI, July 23, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Creating a Paper Model - Rendered - create future phase, visit graphics overrides tab to set material for paper model as paper, rename 3D view to paper model before rendering view in Revit, Scott Chatterton, The Revit Jedi, July 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How Illuminance Rendering Works in Revit - Autodesk 360 rendering employs bidirectional ray tracing with additional intelligent algorithm to determine ray order, RaaS engine calculates all bounces in Revit, Autodesk Knowledge Network, July 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Will Home Depot, Amazon, or Dell, Launch the 3D Printer Revolution? - revolution begins when metal 3D machines become cheaper, smaller, a lot faster; materials scientists need to discover lower cost formulations of metal powders, ceramics, composites to take advantage of 3D printers, Mark Mills, Forbes, July 16, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing: Additive Process Lays It on Thick - availability of cheaper printers, new materials has made 3D printing popular among industrial manufacturers, consumers, Paul Solman, Financial Times, June 24, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

What Makes Simulation Professional? - SOLIDWORKS Simulation Professional has additional study types, functionalities like design study with optimization of simulation data, submodeling study, edge weld connector, trend tracker, Jason Pancoast, CAPUniversity, July 23, 2014  (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Selection Filters - selection filters in SOLIDWORKS help limit choice of selection within graphics area or drawing sheet, toolbar allow user specify behavior of selection filter, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, July 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Getting the Correct Orientation - 'normal to' command is used to bring selected face flat to screen in SOLIDWORKS, Mark McVeigh, Solid Solutions, July 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Easily Share BOM with Downstream Departments - adding bill of materials information from CAD file relationships to ERP/MRP system with SOLIDWORKS EPDM, YouTube, July 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Surface Modeling - Fan Blades - use extrude surface command, create intersection curve, bounded surface, thicken surfaces to make solids in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, July 22, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Arena Looks Toward Quality Management - full-blown quality management module, Arena Quality direct connects quality processes to product record in Arena PLM, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, July 22, 2014 (more Arena PLM articles)

Using Mastercam's FindOverlap Command - cleaning overlapping entities, Prism Engineering Blog, July 22, 2014 (more Mastercam articles)

AVEVA Kicks Off Earnings Amid Takeover Rumbles - continued strengthening of British pound will likely hinder growth this year, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, July 22, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Epson Launches Next-Gen Family of Large-Format Printers - SureColor T-Series is comprised of 5 printer models, 24" to 44" wide, optional multifunction module, Epson UltraChrome XD ink, Epson PrecisionCore TFP print head, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, July 22, 2014 (more large format printer articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2014 vs Inventor 2015 Filleting Showdown - compares issue related to filleting component in SOLIDWORKS with Inventor when specific piece of geometry is considered, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, July 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Introduction to Civil 3D 2015 Programming - working of plug-in for Civil 3D, hands on demonstration of creating first command, Augusto Goncalves, YouTube, July 18, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Create Your Own Magic Button to Restore AutoCAD Layers and Styles - insert drawing as block to current drawing, create custom command before replacing file name with drawing file name, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Bringing Back the Welcome Screen in Autodesk Recap/Recap Pro - visit Windows registry editor to search 'FirstLaunchApplication' registry string, double click on ForceDisplayWelcome value to change value data to 1, Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, July 22, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Create Dimension Relative to Other Dimension - visit sketch environment in part document, select dimension to be referenced from new dimension, shift-select sketch line to be dimensioned in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 22, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Server: Central File Maintenance - maintain archive copy before creating new central file, ensure that all worksets are relinquished before closing local files, select 'detach and preserve worksets' to save detached model as new central model later, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Upgrading Family Files Silently, Pt 2 - employ BasicFileInfo to identify files that require upgrading, display list in message box to user, apply separate external command for every ribbon buttons in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Printing 201 - End-Use Parts - can be used for short run production, high customization, complex geometry, GoEngineer, YouTube, July 21, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Changing 3D Printing, Again - Topolabs is developing 3D printing tools that are usable with several different forms of 3D printers including DMLS, SLA, DLP, SLS, Chris Fox, Product Design & Development, July 22, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Taking a Deep Dive into the Style Spline in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 1 - style splines makes use of simple construction geometry to define size/position, additional control points results in higher degree of curve that allows creation of complex shapes, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, July 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Assembly Validation Tools, Pt 4 - Hole Alignment - employ feature to check assemblies for misaligned holes, displays detected misalignments, reports maximum deviation between centers for each set of misaligned holes, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, July 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Using Copy Tree - click tools menu in local vault view to open copy tree, copy files to folder or compressed archive, include drawings, visit search tools to find file warnings in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, July 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Leak Tracking in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - activate leak tracker tool from flow drop down menu, select 2 faces that is inside, outside of geometry, hit 'find connection' button to allow flow find leak route, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, July 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Macro Creation in SOLIDWORKS - employ component selection feature to create macro, unsuppress items in SOLIDWORKS assembly, YouTube, July 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2014 Tips and Tricks: Line Color and Lofting - tips to change sketch line color, line weight, using lofting tools, modifying lofting controls in SOLIDWORKS, Jonathan Weisz, YouTube, July 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sensing the World in 3D - handheld Cubify Sense scanner works by emitting laser beams to detect, determine object's surfaces, features, available for $399, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, July 21, 2014 (more 3D scanners articles)

Cloud PDM Can Make File Check-In and Check-Out Obsolete - modern cloud PDM can take approach of seamless, transparent data synchronization to simplify PDM, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, July 21, 2014 (more PDM articles)

Modeling Buzz Lightyear with SketchUp - search picture, draw contours of profile, create model of head, mask outlining face, position mask so that it fits perfectly in front of head before intersecting face with pattern, Simone Piccioni, SketchUp Ur Space, June 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Constrain a Section Line in Inventor - right click on section line to be constrained, select edit, project geometry, add dimension between projected, section line, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, July 21, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Simple iLogic Configurator - employ component replace command to replace existing component with new component, determine exactly which part to be taken out/in before invoking command in Inventor, David Gate, CADline, July 21, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic - Make Component Suppression More Efficient - generate multi-value parameter to form various parts, rename browser nodes, create custom level of detail to suppress components in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, July 21, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Geometry 101 - modeling 3 different baskets in Dynamo using solid Booleans, points, PolyCurves, extrusion, intersection, loft, sweep, Colin McCrone, Dynamo, July 21, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Filled Region Mayhem - open visibility/graphics dialog box, expand subcategories, tick every line subcategories to allow reappearance of hatch fill pattern boundary in Revit, Chuck Jolin, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, July 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Dimensioning Sloped Framing - select framing member, change 'stick symbol location' value to top of geometry to assure that plan dimension is same as elevation dimension in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, July 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

CreateLinkReference Sample Code - tips to convert geometric reference in linked RVT model, apply specific element ids to trigger dynamic model updater in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

FamilyTypes Value & Aerial Pictures - start with FamilyDocument before FamilyManager accesses FamilyParameters, FamilyTypes classes in Revit, Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, July 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Hiding Lighting Holes in Ceiling Plans - select ceiling, employ linework tool from view menu to select line style called 'invisible lines' in Revit, Gareth Spencer, CADline, July 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

These New CAD Vendors are Bigger Than the Traditional Big Four - non-CAD vendors like Hexagon, Trimble, Oracle have been buying up CAD software, earning more revenues than biggest CAD software companies, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 21, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Are Zero File CAD/CAM Systems the Future? - files will remain there but will lean towards visualizing model using current technology, integration, interfacing with other products, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, July 22, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Why Bother Replacing 2D Drawings with 3D Models? - moving to 3D allows users to take advantage of design checking process in PTC Creo View, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, July 21, 2014 (more Creo articles)

Do Not to Attempt to Treat Your ECAD Users Like MCAD Users - Mark Caradonna of PTC talk about PTC Live 2014 takeaways, PTC Windchill Workgroup Manager for Cadence Team Design option, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, July 9, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Did You Know That You Apparently Have Six Look-Alikes Around the World? - identifying instances of selected part in PTC Creo View, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, July 9, 2014 (more Creo tutorials)

CEO Exclusive: How Proto Labs Inc. Differentiates Itself From the Competition - Q&A with CEO Vicki Holt about recently acquired Fineline Prototyping, its uniqueness, future plans, Steve Heller, The Motley Fool, June 25, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

2020 3D Printing Industry Predicted at $8.6 Billion - surge in growth is due to rising demand for faster, more efficient ways to manufacture complex design objects using wide array of materials, Jim Woodcock, TCT Magazine, July 21, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS Assembly Validation Tools, Pt 3 - Clearance Verification - employ tool to check clearance between selected components in assemblies, select components to verify minimum acceptable clearance value, visit options menu to adjust clearance options, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, July 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Search to the Rescue - click on dropdown beside magnifying glass to search for SOLIDWORKS help topics, access knowledge base, community forum, commands, files & models, John Shuey, Design Point Solutions, July 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Generating a 3D Sketch of an Intersection: Intersection Curve Tool - determine pieces of geometry before calculating intersections, locate intersection curve tool to create intersection curve between 2 surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Allen McLeod, MCAD Tech Blog, July 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Mirroring a Part in SOLIDWORKS - click on mirror part to open 'insert part PropertyManager,' visit transfer tab to include combination of items from source part before choosing to edit mirrored part features, Solid Apps Blog, July 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Future of Issue Tracking for the AEC: Will BCF Be a Solution? - BIM Collaboration Format schema limitations, opportunities for improvement in Markup.bcf, Viewpoint.bcfv, understanding implementation inconsistencies, Michael McCune, Collective BIM, July 17, 2014 (more AEC articles)

PTC Creo 3.0 - CAD Interoperability - PTC Collaboration Extensions ensure that changes to imported or opened data are handled seamlessly; Creo Design Exploration Extension offers flexibility to explore multiple design concepts, Predrag Jakovljevic, TEC Blog, July 18, 2014 (more PTC articles)

The Interlopers of the 2014 CAD Landscape - 3D Systems is competing via acquisition, but Altair Engineering, ANSYS become fully-fledged CAD alternative to major CAD software is still uncertain, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, July 16, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Applying Occasional Static Loads - creating user wind profile, applying snow load, static earthquake loads, including these in analysis manually, Jessica Portuese, Bentley Colleague Blogs, July 16, 2014 (more Bentley AutoPIPE articles)

Femap Tip: Things Its Not Obvious That Femap Does - NX Nastran has 2D, 3D crack tip elements for fracture mechanics, inertia relief to solve static problems with insufficient or no constraints, Tessa Read, Cadimage PLM, July 21, 2014 (more Femap articles)

Solid Edge Tip - Troubleshooting Part to Sheet Metal - practical examples of copy sketch function, normal cut command, Andy Rigby, Cadimage PLM, July 18, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Powerful Para 3d - impressive 3ds Max plug-in for advanced, dynamic, parametric arrays, has ability to array objects with unlimited number of options, Brian Chapman, AUGI Library, July 18, 2014 (more 3ds max articles)

Navigating the Toolbar - select any object or lines in drawing to access edit toolbar, tap question mark tool that appears on top of toolbar to check steps to use tool in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, July 17, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Useless APIs - DWF Watermarks - Vault server keeps track of watermark settings, includes only color, text, location, watermark is rendered client side which is basically another layer drawn on top of existing content in DWF viewer, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, July 18, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Linking the Schematic to the Drawing's Sheet Number - select style before placing ladder, add %S between %F, %N while updating numbering style of components, run RETAG component, component cross-reference, wire number commands to refresh existing components in AutoCAD Electrical, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, July 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Hiding Location (LOC) and Installation (INST) Codes Project Wide - create notepad script file, tap enter twice to obtain layer selection part of command, end command, respectively, run script project wide in AutoCAD Electrical, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, July 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Showing Extended Names Inside of Autodesk Inventor's Browser - select browser filters, check 'show extended names' option to add more information related to extrusion, chamfer, fillet, hole in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, July 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Surfacing Triangular and Star Springs - employ sketch, coil, intersection curve, sweep tools to make springs of non-circular section in Inventor, Tushar Suradkar, i Surf and Code, July 8, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Add Workgroup Search Path at First Position - remove item at first position, reinsert it at second position before passing index value as 1 in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Some Little Juicy Tit-Bits within Revit 2015 - right clicking brings up project browser on both right-click menu, properties dialog, double-left click (de)activates, views on sheets, check option to make pinned elements non-selectable, Dennis Collin, CADline, July 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials

Changing the Project Units in Revit - select project units to open project dialog box, pick displayed units in format column to change project units from metric to feet, inches in Revit, Martin Phelps, CADline, July 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials

3D Printing Grows, But Is It an Industrial Revolution? - industry experts say 3D printing is disruptive technology but not going to displace traditional manufacturing, BRIC countries may become 'significant markets' for 3D printing innovation, Aida Akl, TECHtonics, July 17, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

5 Companies Using 3D Printing to Their Advantage - General Electric, Boeing, Ford, Nike, American Pearl are using technology in groundbreaking ways, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 21, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How Can You Make Yours Fountain from CAD to SketchUp - import design, draw circle diameter equal to diameter fountain, delete half of fountain, use make face plugin, follow me tool, Mohab Refaat, SketchUp Ur Space, June 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Shaping a Shelby with SketchUp - Simone Piccioni, SketchUp Ur Space, June 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Sharing Variables & Equations Between Models - determine variables/equations that are to be shared within parts, open part file containing equations, select variables/equations to export, check 'link to file' box to obtain text file in SOLIDWORKS, John Trout, CADimensions Blog, July 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to: Generate a PDF During a Release Process Using Workflow in EPDM - create PDF convert task, add new task to workflow, run file through workflow to test action, task in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Rod Levin, InFlow Technology, July 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

EPDM - Modify/Right Mouse Increment Revision - set EPDM admin action to invoke modify increment revision command, manually enter value in data card to update associated variable with new value in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, July 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Tutorials - ToolBox - Using a Pattern - SOLIDWORKS ToolBox tutorial, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, July 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS Toolbox tutorials)

AIA: Trimble's New Concept Apps on Google's Project Tango Look Compelling - concept apps 'SketchUp Scan,' 'Trimble Through The Wall' run on Tango development hardware, can create 3D model of room, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 8, 2014 (more AEC articles, virtual reality articles)

Epson Updates, Expands Selection of Large-Format Color Printers and Scanners - SureColor T-Series ranges from 24" to 44" wide, has 2.7" full-color LCD control panel, Epson PrecisionCore Thin Film Piezo printhead, price starts from $3,000, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, July 17, 2014 (more large format printer articles)

Is AutoCAD Still Relevant? - Revit, Inventor are better tools than AutoCAD for specific industries, but AutoCAD is still useful for drafting purposes, Brian Benton, Novedge, July 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Using the OFFSET Command in AutoCAD 2015 - access command from modify panel, enter OFFSET value before placing OFFSET line, preview placement by moving mouse cursor to either sides of line, Chris Johns, Infinite Skills Blog, July 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD modify command tutorials)

LoadOnCommandInvocation and Commands Tag - create commands section in PackageContents.xml of autoloader bundle that allows AutoCAD to call specific functions when some command is executed, Adam Nagy, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Performance Tips for Working with Very Large Datasets in Navisworks - create safe home viewpoint inside room, employ shaded views, avoid using appearance profiler if dataset is large, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, July 17, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Autodesk Inventor Distributed Parameters in Sheet Metal - establish function categories in managed parameters, tying sheet metal thickness to derived parameter by manually overriding 'use thickness from rule' option, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Design Checker - conduct pre-defined check, define custom check with iLogic scripts to perform design checking, update design checker results by performing on-demand checking, Clinton Brown, CADline, July 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic - Make Feature Suppression More Efficient - conduct looping through multi-value list, activate feature based on current value of parameter in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, July 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Converting a Door to a Curtain Wall Door - open RFA file of specific door family, obtain specific size of door, create group of all parts, employ align tool to constrain door to work planes in Revit, James Philip, CADline, July 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Family Selection Node Names in Dynamo are a Little Confusing. This is What They Really Represent - understanding family, element, all element type of nodes with respect to their meaning in Dynamo, Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Dynamo, July 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Create Your Own Material Libraries in Revit - differentiates assets vs materials, apply, replace, or create assets when creating new material, check tips to share material library in Revit, The Revit Kid, July 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Create Curved Extruded Letters on a Curved Sign in SketchUp Without Plug-ins - use circle tool, scale tool to make oval wall, use 3D text tool to create text, Justin Geis, SketchUp Ur Space, June 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Q&A with V-Ray for SketchUp Artist and Blogger Nomer Adona - talk about teaching SketchUp to students, 3D digital visualization, using V-Ray for SketchUp plug-in, SketchUp Ur Space, June 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

SOLIDWORKS Assembly Validation Tools, Pt 2 - Interference Detection - checking for interferences in assembly, excluding hidden bodies, hidden components, selected component, designating part as fastener for interference detection, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, July 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Custom Templates in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - visit projects manager to create, edit template, select language for template, right click project, document to add more books, folders, or schemes, employ configurations tool to modify project settings, Al Zullo, CAPUniversity, July 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Fun Tricks with Contour Plots in SOLIDWORKS - discusses examples that can be used to modify appearance of contour plot while conveying results to audience, Chris Schaefer, SolidNotes, June 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Help - Command Search helps find features that contain part of command name, get location of command, description of command's function, Jerald Staley, DASI Solutions, July 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Thickness Analysis Tool - reviews model to locate thin areas, or areas that fall outside specified range, Scott Durksen, YouTube, June 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Planning & Executing EPDM Workflows - tips to create workflows from scratch, allow users to collaborate in secure system, Kevin Holbrook, YouTube, July 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Employing Aras for PLM - Aras Innovator is built on enterprise open source, model-based service-oriented architecture platform, integrates with native applications, handles communications in background, Ryan Reid, CADdigest.com, July 16, 2014 (more PLM articles)

3D Printing Goes Big-Time for Small Production Runs - increasingly sophisticated 3D printers, materials are changing industries by letting OEMs make end-use plastic parts on demand, before traditional tooling gets set up Elisabeth Eitel, Machine Design, July 15, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Bluesurf: Modeling a Mouse - sketch spline in x-z, y-z planes, create body of mouse, mouse button etching in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, July 16, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

In-House Prototyping: 3D Printer or CNC Machine? - for many parts use CNC machine, save 3D printing for parts that cannot be done economically or quickly on CNC machine, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, July 16, 2014 (more CAM articles, rapid prototyping articles)

How to Update Linux Mint Without Losing Your CAD License - licensing files are saved in the Linux folder, save them via USB stick, restore them after ARES Commander installation again, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 15, 2014 (more MCAD articles, ARES articles)

Trimble Document Controller Standard for Managing Drawings and Models - Q&A with Duane Gleason of Trimble about method used for change detection between design iteration, meaning of mapping in hybrid environment, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, July 15, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Building Information Modeling Q+A - defines BIM, scope of BIM to building owners/property managers, benefits of building collaboration process, assesses advantages of BIM while comparing it with CAD technologies, example of successful BIM implementation, Andy Smith, AECCafe Blogs, July 12, 2014 (more AEC articles)

AIA: Pictures and Notes from the Entire Week in Chicago, Pt 2 - Sefaira showcased building performance design tools, IES Virtual Environment software focuses on energy design in architecture, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 16, 2014 (more AEC articles)

FormIt - Getting Started - building conceptual design model, Autodesk 360 account is useful for saving FormIt models, Jarod Schultz, July 16, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Drape Roads with the Latest InfraWorks Update - apply drape feature command, select drape feature to conform road to terrain, un-drape road by simply dragging elevation gizmos in Civil 3D, Eric Chappell's Blog, July 16, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - An iLogic Primer - understanding basics of iLogic with reference to examples in Inventor, Gavin Bath, YouTube, July 16, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

My First Autodesk 360 Viewer Sample - filed request for authentication token by calling web-service API with client ID, employed node.js to implement server-side API, selected hosting environment before exporting .F3D archive from Fusion 360, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 16, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

A Robust and Versatile Dynamo - basics of Dynamo, naming components of Dynamo interface, changing element's color using C# vs using Dynamo, Marcello Sgambelluri, AUGI, July 16, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Auto Assembly Macro - WIP - macro creates generic wall sample to host family instance of door/window type, generates source file containing families that are managed with type marks, materials in Revit, Paolo Emilio Serra, Punto Revit, July 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Generate 3D Text in SketchUp and Place, Scale & Maneuver It - select 3D text tools, pick face/plane where text is to be set, apply 'M' button to move text, follow steps listed in 'learn to make 3D text' to set height of text, Rajib Dey, SketchUp Ur Space, June 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Creating a Screw with SketchUp - select circle instrument to draw circle, check if vertices of segments match with aces, create cylinder with initial circle, spiral of same diameter before exploding groups of spirals, Simone Piccioni, SketchUp Ur Space, June 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Assembly Validation Tools, Pt 1 - open move component property manager to apply move component command, visit move settings to select move, rotate, options, dynamic clearance, advanced options settings in SOLIDWORKS, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, July 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tracing Patterns onto 3D Surfaces - employ mirror feature to finalize shape of half sphere, save flame pattern as JPEG, add plain appearance to spherical face of component before browsing pattern in SOLIDWORKS appearance file path to edit it, Chris Morrogh, Solid Solutions, July 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Utilities - discusses compare options, feature paint, geometry analysis, symmetry check, report manager in SOLIDWORKS, Tom DiLaura, YouTube, July 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Smart Money is on a Workstation Refresh - investing in memory than opting for highest end CPU can deliver performance boost for less money, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

How Mass Customization is Changing the Manufacturing Industry - mass customization has potential to help companies increase revenue, gain competitive advantage, improve cash flow, reduce waste through on-demand production, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, July 14, 2014 (more CAM articles)

aPriori Rolls BI Capabilities Into Its Product Costing Tool - web-based Cost Insight module includes robust set of business intelligence tools, reporting data mart, out-of-the-box reports, dashboards for key cost management processes, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, July 15, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

BIMobject - More Objects for ArchiCAD - app allows cloud integration, direct download, product information updates, access toolbar from palettes window, downloaded object from embedded library in ArchiCAD, Mark Horrocks, Cadimage, July 16, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Custom Linetypes with Text in AutoCAD: The R U & A - specifies relative or tangential rotation with respect to line, indicates upright/easy-to-read texts, points absolute rotation of text with respect to origin respectively, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD customization tutorials)

Emailing Your Work Session - use .vfz collaboration files in Teamcenter to share work on 3D models, YouTube, July 14, 2014 (more Teamcenter articles)

Alignments, Offset Alignments, and Profiles from Polylines - generate baseline featureline(s), form surface from grading or featureline, adjust surfaces to correct elevations before creating alignments, offset alignments, profiles for each of curb islands in Civil 3D, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, July 14, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D to InfraWorks: You Can Get Data with This (XML) or You Can Get Data with That (IMX) - transfer data through 2 options: export IMX or export to LandXML, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, July 15, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Type Mismatch Error with VBA Code in .NET - initialize variable when passing arrays of variable sizes in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials

Feature Recognition for Autodesk Inventor 2013-15 - employ application to convert neutral 3D CAD models like STEP, SAT, or IGES solids into full-featured Inventor models, perform feature mapping to maintain design intent, Clinton Brown, CADline, July 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials

Synchronize Now vs Synchronize and Modify - preferred method is to use 'synchronize and modify' settings, allows users select checkboxes when dialog box opens in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, July 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating a 'C' Channel Stair for Revit Architecture 2014 and Up - start 'stair by component,' duplicate tread stair, expand families in project browser along with assembled stairs, place steel stair with no railings before opting to remove riser for steel stair, Alice Craig, Hagerman & Company Blog, July 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

New Area Schemes - visit area schemes tab to create more area schemes, form new legend type for new area scheme before using color fill legend in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, July 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Transitioning from 2D to IronCAD 3D - IronCAD 2014 offers wide range of options for better managing three-dimensional development of 3D models from geometry extracted from 2D data, Daniel Dobrzynski, CADdigest.com, July 15, 2014 (more IronCAD reviews)

The Anatomy of IronCAD's TriBall - effective, versatile tool for positioning, alignment of components, creation of new components, editing of imported models or dumb solids, can be used for assembly mates, component patterns, etc., Jeffrey Opel, CADdigest.com, July 14, 2014 (more IronCAD reviews)

Import Your Design from CAD to SketchUp - draw circle diameter equal to diameter of fountain, create face plugin, rotate shape to 90 degrees, employ follow me tool, materials to form water shape group, merge fountain, water shape, Mohab Refaat, SketchUp Ur Space, June 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Modeling a Pool in SketchUp - model pool ground, walls, create cuboidal volume for pool water, apply water material to faces of water volume, move water volume into place before making final render, SketchUp Ur Space, June 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

3DExperience 2014x Enhancements for SOLIDWORKS Connector - copy structure feature, link from file in X-CAD Design Management to Connector for SOLIDWORKS, ability to save additional file types, search on dates, Rod Levin, InFlow Technology, July 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Design Insight Plot: Locations of Max Loading - right click on results folder to select design insight plot, adjust load level slider to right, left to make entire model appear blue, translucent respectively in SOLIDWORKS, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, July 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Hole in the Ball - visit color options, locate surfaces, open edges to change default blue colors to some prominent color, set display model to 'hidden lines removed' to avoid any background, model appearance distractions in SOLIDWORKS, Alex Hall, Solid Solutions, July 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Using Path Mate for an Animation, Pt 1 - using path mate to make ball travel from rest, over training mannequins, then into net, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, July 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using SOLIDWORKS Design Checker - available only in SOLIDWORKS Professional, Premium only, has modules: build checks, check active document, check against existing file, Solid Apps Blog, July 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

A Map to Simulation on the Cloud - SaaS vendors are trying to make simulation easy enough for average engineers, designers to remain profitable with smaller, incremental payments, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Power to Go! With This PowerGo 15/7 Notebook from Xi - remarkable PowerGo 15/7 Notebook has widescreen display, super battery life, backlit keyboard, great sound, sleek looks, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, July 14, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

Automation: Part Configurator - create variations of part by changing value of suppression variables in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Speed Up CFD with Symmetry and Cyclic Conditions - assign symmetry boundary condition to each face that represents symmetry plane in model, Richard Smith, Symscape, July 11, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Create Associative Measurements - Teamcenter tutorial, YouTube, July 14, 2014 (more Teamcenter articles)

CAMWorks Corner - CNC Machining a Turbo Impeller - Daniel Lyon, HRS Blog, July 11, 2014 (CAMWorks articles)

The Future of Our Past: Tatjana Dzambazova at TEDxSonomaCounty - Autodesk executive talks about her passion for latest developments in technology, scanners, drones, 3D printing, interactive online exploration, concept of RIP FIX BURN, TEDx, YouTube, June 19, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

3D Printing from ArchiCAD 17 - employ built-in STL add-on to save, open STL files, set ASCII or binary format of STL files before using them for rapid prototyping, 3D printing, Ken Good, Cadimage, July 15, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Psst - SketchUp is Not Free - potential effect on architects now that Trimble makes it clear that SketchUp Make is not for commercial use, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, July 11, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

AIA: Pictures and Notes from the Entire Week in Chicago, Pt 1 - Autodesk, Graphisoft, Trimble, Nemetschek Vectorworks showcased their upcoming technologies, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 14, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Old AutoCAD Drawings? It's Time to Update Them - BLOCKICON command to automatically create preview icons of all blocks in drawing, set DIMASSOC system variable to 2 to create associative dimensions, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, July 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Ending the Curse of the Cursor - employ PICKBOX system variable to change size of pick box, length of crosshairs in display tab, avail selection badges when applying inquiry or editing commands in AutoCAD, Isaac Harper, AECCafe Blogs, July 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Enable/Disable Validation of Your Custom Options Tab? - employ FindWindowEx, EnableWindow to control ok button based on value provided in AutoCAD textbox, Philippe Leefsma, AutoCAD DevBlog, July 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Save Time in AutoCAD with Associative Section Views - select section view type in layout tab to generate section views from 3D model that automatically updates with change in model, Lynn Allen, YouTube, July 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Uninstalling IDSP 2014 - uninstall tool only removes 5 apps, remove 'Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014 64 Bit Object Enabler on Autodesk 360 - Language Neutral' component manually, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, July 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Profile Stationing - invoke profile stationing command that accepts profile, station values based on length of profile, apply SincPac to populate station values by utilizing ProfileStationingReplaceLabels command in Civil 3D, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, July 14, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

What's New in Revit 2015?: Check Out These 8 Tips and Tricks - make consistently sketchy-looking lines from graphic display options, sort family file parameters within each parameter group as per need, Jeff Yoders, CADdigest.com, July 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Working with Revit Temporary Dimension - visit additional settings panel in manage tab to open temporary dimension properties, select walls from which temporary dimensions would be measured when objects are placed, modified in Revit, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

10 Best Practices for Better Revit Performance - activate elevation, section far clip, minimize DWG links, imports, avoid exploding AutoCAD files in Revit, remove unused design options, replace model lines with detail lines, place Revit links into separate worksets, AUGI library, July 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What is a Vector in Dynamo? It's Not a Point - vectors are not points even though they define same number; vectors define direction using 'right hand rule,' Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Dynamo, June 28, 2014(more Vasari articles)

Bounding Boxes are Not for Weldments Alone - turn part into weldment when modeling part, expand cut list item in feature tree before choosing 'create bounding box' option, add reference dimensions to show actual dimensions in SOLIDWORKS, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, July 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Are These 2 SOLIDWORKS Files Different? - select file from vault, check box 'within Enterprise PDM vault' inside items to compare option, pick versions to compare before clicking on run comparison, Jennifer Bahnsen, Symmetry Solutions Blog, July 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Create an Enterprise PDM Report - create EPDM report by filling necessary information, import crp file into EPDM, full user permissions before opening report tool in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Rod Levin, InFlow Technology, July 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Creating Cut-Away Drawing Views - employ tool to allow cut feature stay outside component drawing optionally without requiring alternate configurations in SOLIDWORKS, Ben Garrett, Solid Solutions, July 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Dassault Systemes - Private Cloud, New Industries and UX-Led Design Key to Its Future - 'private clouds' will be available to customers by end of 2014 from 6 different sites across globe, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, July 11, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

Digital Training for Engineering Students - ProductivityNOW portal, eBooks offer students ASCENT's courseware content anytime, anywhere at their own pace, Jess Lulka, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014 (more CAD training articles)

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip, Pt 3 - add template to current list using Solid Edge options from application button, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, July 11, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

The End of 3D Modeling: Project Tango at Google I/O - tablet-sized device is based on NVIDIA's Tegra K1 with a 128GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, can construct rough 3D model of environments in real time, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, June 27, 2014 (more virtual reality articles)

Composite Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - reports factor of safety against failure according to Tsai-Wu, Tsai-Hill failure indexes, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, July 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Part Revisions: Deal or No Deal - issuing new part number for changes addresses existing stock, alternate uses, failure modes; consider exception for interchangeability, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, July 7, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

The Complexity of Part Management in PDM - 2 main reasons: complexity of 2 lifecycles - CAD, items; disagreement about where is 'master' of part information, cross system integration, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, July 11, 2014 (more PDM articles)

Small Business Design Management Vendors and 2015 - companies like GrabCAD, Cadac Group, Autodesk are developing useful tools that are reasonably CAD agnostic, meet collaborative, storage, accessibility needs, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 11, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

My Take on Vault Data Standard - create custom commands, custom UI and make calls to the Vault server using Data Standard plug-in; Vault provides compatibility for older versions of web service API, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, July 11, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Pipe Network Parts on Profile View - getting part station, elevation of profile view using part bounding box in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, July 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Draping Your AutoCAD Drawing in InfraWorks - use raster tools tab to create new image, merge vector command to add AutoCAD entities into newly created image, Eric Chappell's Blog, July 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Cut & Paste Text in AutoCAD & Revit - highlight text in Word, copy to clipboard, in AutoCAD/Revit, begin TEXT command, click out in drawing area to begin text box, paste text into text box, Chuck Jolin, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, July 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Structural Section - add structural section for beam, instantiate StructuralSectionPipeStandard, StructuralSectionRoundHSS via API in Revit, Augusto Goncalves, AEC DevBlog, July 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Use of Fillet and Chamfer in Creo Parametric Sketch - 4 types of fillet that can be generate in sketching: circular, circular trim, elliptical, elliptical trim; differentiating between normal, trim option, Waqas Ahmad, Mechanical 360, July 11, 2014 (more Creo tutorials)

Workstation Configurator by Intel - online tool helps user determine what they need in next workstation, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 9, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Will GE Give a Birth to a New PLM Company? - launched incubator program in partnership with Frost Data Capital to build 30 in-house startups during next 3 years, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, July 9, 2014 (more PLM articles)

PDM Weakest Link - weakest link of PDM is ability to sync large multi-file design between local discs, cloud storage, Oleg Shilovitsky, LinkedIn, July 8, 2014 (more PDM articles)

Product Review: The Xi MTower PCIe Workstation - Intel i7-4770K processor with overclock speed of 4.3GHz, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3GB DDR5 graphics card, impressive performance, base price is $1,079, David Harrington, AUGI, July 10, 2014 (more Xi workstation reviews)

ST7: Duplicate Components - duplicate components tool to 'pattern' parts to all other locations in bulldozer engine model, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 10, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Get Ready, CAD Disruption is the New Normal - reset your expectations, be agile, plan for change, Chad Jackson, ENGINEERING.com, July 10, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

I'm Declaring Peak TabletCAD, for Now Anyhow - Orange Juice Studios are trying to create their own DWG read-write engine, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, July 10, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

AIA 2014: The Story from the Exhibit Floor - MakerBot's Replicator Z18, Form Z8, MultiTaction digital collaboration tool, concept apps by Trimble were showcased, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, July 10, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Bluebeam Tip: Multiple Monitors for Estimating Take-Off Productivity - maintain Revu in large monitor before moving independent window into smaller monitor, visit Bluebeam support extensions page to list multiple monitor profile in profile drop down choices, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, June 6, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

Bluebeam Tip: When Keyboard Shortcuts Don't Work - open preferences settings in Revu, click on forms or general on left side depending on Revu version used, check 'enable single key shortcuts with form fields' checkbox, Carol Hagen, Carol's Construction Technology Blog, July 2, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

From Scratch - when point clouds are not enough geospatial professionals must be well versed, capable of choosing, applying most efficient, cost-effective solutions, Jan Van Sickle, SPAR Point Group, July 9, 2014 (more AEC articles)

What Autodesk's New Game Engine Can Do for You - users will be able to use game engine in future to present designs created with other Autodesk products, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, July 9, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Add/Remove Features from Your AutoCAD Electrical - select add or remove features, choose manufacturers parts information, AutoCAD options to be installed before updating product installation, Miles Nicholson, CADline, July 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Build a Plug-in Command for AutoCAD Civil 3D - start visual studio to develop custom plug-in, open Civil 3D drawing containing site, alignment objects before executing command, Andrew Roe, Cadalyst, July 10, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Small Business Design Management at Autodesk - lacks realistic method to store, catalogue CAD data on cloud, expects customers to pay annual fee to transfer metadata between PDM, PLM products, seeks to integrate PLM 360 to merge capabilities, John Evans, Design and Motion, July 11, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Where Does My Dynamo Live? - Dynamo installs to program files directory, data specific to user is stored in AppData folder, consider option to install addin for Revit version when Dynamo installer runs, Colin McCrone, Dynamo, July 10, 2014 (more Vasari articles)

Selecting Individual Components within a Revit Repeater - pick components inside repeaters within in-place masses, or choose whole repeater before isolating it in view, change properties once multiple instances of components are selected, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, July 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using a Rotated Work Plane in Revit - select work plane panel in architecture tab, apply rotate tool to show, select, rotate work plane in Revit, Mark Sadler, Best CAD Tips, July 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Get Room Data for Elements in RVT Links - employ Revit API to obtain desired data before scheduling rooms for components in RVT links, Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM, July 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Modeling MBS, Pt 1: The Hotels - build rectangle in conceptual massing environment with key parameters controlling thickness, offsets, nest profile into new conceptual mass family containing 4 levels, link parameters before creating forms in Revit, BIM Troublemaker, July 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Rapid Sketch - invoke rapid sketch command to create sketch on top face, apply corner rectangle command to draw rectangle, move cursor to another face to create sketch on new face, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, July 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Design Plastic Parts More Efficiently and Accurately with SOLIDWORKS Plastics - validate plastic part designs to ensure proper fill, determine best gate location while improving part quality in SOLIDWORKS, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, July 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Break the Bottleneck - define CAD ecosystem, graphically visualize CAD tasks execution in office, find bottlenecks, fix them, Robert Green, Cadalyst, July 9, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

BlueSurf: Modeling a Fountain Pen Nib - create sketch in YZ plane, draw arc with included angle of 134 degrees, radius of 38, create plane parallel to y-z plane at distance of 158 in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, July 9, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Managing Your DriveWorks Changes - always start with individual group, upscale it to shared group so that it can be placed on server, Crystal Yazvac, CAPUniversity, July 9, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

Is 3D Printing Really a Miracle? - hybrid 3D printers that employ both additive manufacturing, subtractive methods have greatest potential, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, July 9, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

CAD and Non-Product Geometry - source of constraints could be driven from many sources: functional requirements, manufacturing process limitations, logistical or service implications, Matthew Loew, Engineering.com, July 9, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

How Using BIM Can Lower a Firm's Insurance Premium on Future Projects - 3-party agreement is not needed, owner is protected by guaranteed maximum price, Jeff Yoders, CADdigest.com, July 10, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Find & Select, Your Best Friend. or One of Them - deleting missing placed objects in ArchiCAD, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, July 1, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Structural Beam Analysis in ANSYS APDL - create nodes, define element through nodes after defining loads, Mechanical 360, July 9, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

How to Use Creo Parametric Parametrically with ANSYS Workbench - use CAD configuration manager in ANSYS to link to Creo Parametric, create named selections in CAD tool, create CAD parameters, use Workbench, Simon Pereira, ANSYS, July 9, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Section View Creation Ribbon Contextual Tab - set representation, appearance, method, annotation, hatch, modify, create panel options before creating section view from selected parent view in AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, July 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical articles)

How to Install the Regapp ID Cleanup Utility for AutoCAD - install utility once downloaded, navigate to location where files are extracted, copy CleanupRegapp.exe, .html, .dll files before pasting them into AutoCAD folder, Autodesk Knowledge Network, July 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD LT tutorials)

You Launch an Autodesk Program and It Says You Don't Have Permission to Run It - log into Autodesk account, click on account settings, manage users link to obtain proper user permissions, select product to assign additional functionalities, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 9, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Jogging Revit Sections - A Workout - create jogs, draw reference plane at jogged locations, select endpoint of jogged section line before drawing reference plane parallel to jog in Revit, Alan DeLuce, Advanced Solutions Blog, July 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Copying RVT Links Between Revit Files - open 2 .rvt files, visit file A to select all Revit links to be copied, click on manage links dialog to unload all links copied, open plan view in file B to paste links, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, July 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Vision 2014+ - Parasolid will remain kernel for very long time, based on 3DEXPERIENCE, SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual offers modeling flexibility in highly collaborative environment, Michelle Boucher, Tech-Clarity, July 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Using Split Line to Create the Pitch - split face to obtain different shades of grass, apply split line tool to get varied faces depending on projection, silhouette or intersection splits selected, draw sketch before setting markings, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, July 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Windows 8 and SOLIDWORKS - click on part file, tick box titled 'use application for all .sldprt files' before selecting SOLIDWORKS launcher to get back typical menu when opening SOLIDWORKS from windows explorer, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, July 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Inspection Reports - SOLIDWORKS Inspection Professional extends SOLIDWORKS Inspection capabilities by providing multiple ways to enter measured values directly into inspection project, Graham Stephenson, Solid Solutions, July 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tips for Finding Organizing Code Snippets - record action with macro recorder, consult SOLIDWORKS API help examples, API forums, store code snippets in module, macro, maintain backup in word document, Evernote, CAD Sharp, July 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Keeping Electronics Cool - tips to improve designs using flow simulations in SOLIDWORKS, Matt Morgan, YouTube, July 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

ARES on Android Tablet - ARES Command Edition runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, while Android is in alpha testing; Q&A about UI customization, ACIS-based solid modeling support, minimum hardware requirement, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, July 9, 2014 (more MCAD articles, ARES articles)

Is Cloud-Based CAD Ready for Prime Time, Pt 2 - past obstacles to server-based computing viability, workstation-caliber SBC may be ready for prime time, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, July 8, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

10 Ideas for the Ideal 3D Modeling Software - TinkerMixer, SolidDots + smooth surfaces, Facebook app, DarkerDepth, Kinect Draw, Wii Controller Light Sabre 3D modeling, Joris Peels, Inside 3DP, July 3, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Fluid Tips Using Layers and 3rd Party Compositing  - 3DVIA Composer tutorial, YouTube, July 8, 2014 (more 3DVIA articles)

Arckit Makes Architectural Models a Snap - kit with building blocks, more accessible, intuitive, cheaper than laser cut models, 3 sizes starting at $165, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, July 6, 2014 (more AEC articles)

How to Create or Import Styles Via Style Manager in AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD MEP - open style manager to customize styles based on standard styles, expand style category before dragging/dropping entire category to copy all styles, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials, AutoCAD MEP articles)

Steampunking a Morgan 3 Wheeler Using Fusion 360 - track model, import Alias model into Fusion 360 before uploading model to data service, embed viewer into fun steampunk-themed HTML page, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 8, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Custom AutoCAD Sheet Set Template Workflow - tips to create custom title blocks, link them into sheet set manager in AutoCAD, Jesse Evans, July 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD sheet sets tutorials)

Revit Settings for Daylighting Analysis - visit view ribbon to render in cloud window, select 3D view for illuminance rendering, set simulation settings, resolutions for rendering before starting rendering in Revit, Autodesk Knowledge Network, July 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Successful Civil 3D Implementation - get management support first, outline broader tasks, review implementation plan over and over, Shawn Herring, AUGI, July 8, 2014 (more Civil 3D articles)

Autodesk InfraWorks 360: Round Buildings & Square Water Areas - open .JSON file in notepad, modify SmoothParam value to adjust corner settings for elements, employ add vertex option to modify shapes in Civil 3D, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, July 8, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Inventor Surfacing: Reading 2D Curvature Comb Graphs - select 'display curvature' options to switch on curvature of geometry, open curvature settings dialog to tweak comb display, check length of spines of curvature comb graph to determine curvature of geometry, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, July 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

A Bit of Fun with iLogic and Driven Constraints - employ iLogic code to identify previously driven constraints, tag constraints as 'IsInitialized' under drive settings in Inventor API, Clinton Brown, CADline, July 9, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Printrbot Simple Maker Review: 3D Printing on the Cheap - great deal for beginners, offers respectable quality for basic print jobs, good documentation and support, but has small build area, construction is not robust, requires some tweaking for best results, available for $349, Richard Baguley, Tom's Guide, July 8, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Weirdest and Wildest 3D Printers - Mobile Fab trash-recycling 3D printer, 'Made in Space' 3D printer, 3Doodler printing pen, whole-building 3D printer, Jill Scharr, Tom's Guide, June 20, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Detached Drawings - save fully updated drawing file, open assembly, ensure assembly is up-to-date before closing it, save drawing type to detached drawing by setting file name with suffix detached in SOLIDWORKS, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, July 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Quickly Changing a Configuration - select component whose configuration is to be changed, click on configuration drop down located in fly out toolbar to list configurations, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, July 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

General Algorithm in ANSYS APDL - information required about model, analysis can be defined in 3 sections: preprocessor, solution, general postprocessor, Mechanical 360, July 7, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

InRoads Tip: InRoads Survey Options Working with Symbols, Points, and Elevations - working with dynamically displayed text, learning to apply text scale factor, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, July 6, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

Can a Browser Handle a 3D Ship Model? - Autodesk 360 Technical preview can visualize, interact with large model, but some areas need improvement, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, June 30, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

ACA: AEC Modify Tools, Pt 2 - AEC TRIM - differentiates TRIM with AEC TRIM command, select items to be trimmed, define cutting edge by selecting 2 points on screen when using AEC TRIM command, avoid trimming untrimmable object in AutoCAD Architecture, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, July 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Non-Rectangular Viewports - rectangular vs non-rectangular viewports, tips to create non-rectangular viewports with reference to effect on layers, access individual object using properties palette in AutoCAD, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, July 7, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

Tips to Help Flatten Objects - open drafting in options dialog to check 'replace Z values with current elevation' option, change values of object manually by going to select all, properties menu in AutoCAD 2015, Danny Korem, Cadalyst, July 7, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

How to: Delete/Hide Items in AutoCAD Associative Array - press ctrl key while selecting items for deletion, replace items with same object but on different layer, turn off layer to hide items in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 7, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

InfraWorks Magic: Style Rules Using Object Data 101, Pt 3 - visit general area description field to read 'FCLASS' attribute, expand horizontal tool set to select 'create and manage model' button, add style rule button before assigning desired style to rule, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, July 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Mark Point Subassembly and Assembly Construction Order - add MarkPoint right on top of uncoded points in assembly, move subassemblies that should be below MarkPoint in construction order to different marker point on assembly, Ben Johnson, Envision CAD, July 5, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2014: Modify Curvature Display UI Bug - open marking menu tab, select 2D sketch as environment, spline as sub-environment, add blank entry between delete, construction before searching modify curvature command in Inventor, Paul Munford, Design and Motion, July 8, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic - Export File and Increment File Name - apply iLogic code to check existing files, add V1, V2 or V3 after filename in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, July 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Add Extruded Text to Your Model - create sketch on face of part where extruded text is to be added, add text before including dimensions/constraints, select extrude to enter extrusion distance in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, July 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Dynamo - Placing Adaptive Components Along 2 Lines - select 2 lines to be processed by custom node, deleting nodes in Dynamo affects project but 'undo' restores adaptive components back on, Paolo Emilio Serra, Punto Revit, July 2, 2014 (more Vasari articles)

Revit 2015 - Scheduling Wall Constraints - select schedules/quantities from create panel to open new schedule dialog box, set wall category to form wall schedule, pick multiple fields before listing parameters for generating new wall schedule, John Flanagan, CADline, July 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Billions to Soon Be Invested in 3D Printing Research and Development - companies like Google, GE, Autodesk are interested in 3D printing to cater to their specific needs, also aiming at consumers, small businesses, Brittney Sevenson, 3DPrint.com, June 29, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

A Review of the Form1 3D Printer by Renishaw's AM Lab Manager - very simple to set up, use, gives impressive build results, very cheap as compared to other industry printers, Jeremy Pullin, 3D Printing Industry, July 8, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Automation - Parametric Parts - creating, controlling parametric parts via Windows Forms, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, July 7, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Solid Edge: Creating Text as Geometry - converting editable text feature into sketch geometry which can be used to create new feature, YouTube, June 30, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Installing and Upgrading Toolbox in a Multi-User Environment - share customized toolbox with other users via network location, upgrading shared SOLIDWORKS toolbox to newer version, Mike Towers, Design Point Solutions, July 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS Toolbox tutorials)

Well There's Something I Didn't Know: Rotate View in SOLIDWORKS eDrawings - model opens, automatically starts to rotate, runs through various views in mobile version, tapping either model or pause/ play icon stops model, Michael Lord, July 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Settings for Maximizing Performance  - enable freeze bar feature, uncheck 'show thumbnail graphics in Windows Explorer' from systems options, GoEngineer, YouTube, July 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Using XY Plots for Results - GoEngineer, YouTube, July 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Should You Choose a Horizontal or Vertical Machining Center? - consider pros, cons of horizontal machining center, best opportunities for HMCs, VMCs, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, July 4, 2014 (more CAM articles)

How to Create a 3D Model from Photos Using SketchUp - always start from origin when starting modeling with photo match, use components for identical sides, Designer Hacks, July 2, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Associative Array: When You Need to Modify Array Later - activate associative button to create associative array, open contextual ribbon to modify array parameters, click on 'edit source' in contextual ribbon tab to edit array source in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, July 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Find All Fields in a Drawing - collect all TypedValue of AcDbFieldList, iterate through them, selecting one with dxf code = 330 in AutoCAD, Philippe Leefsma, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Navisworks Reads PDF Files - open project browser, click on import button to import 2D or 3D files, insert PDF file through project browser to allow Navisworks import file using sheet size, add scale values, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, July 3, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

InfraWorks Magic: Themes Using Object Data 101, Pt 2 - performing theme type analysis using connected parcel data, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, July 1, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Drainage Design for InfraWorks 360: What Does It Do? - Delineates watersheds based on your terrain, automatically place culverts where water area or stream crosses design road., Eric Chappell's Blog, July 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D articles, Autodesk 360 articles)

Calculating Length of Pipe Run at Fixed Ranges of Depth - invert profiles along bottom of pipes, visit ANZ civil reports to pick profiles, incremental station elevation difference report, right click to execute report in Civil 3D, Justin Ralston, C3dXtreme, July 1, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

CNC Cut Files with Autodesk Product Design Suites, Pt 2 - using iPropWiz add-in for Inventor to simplify, ease management of component properties, using Vault's custom view tools to sort, group parts by material, thickness, Scott Moyse, AUGI Library, July 4, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Creating a Custom Punch in Inventor Sheet Metal - start simple face with current sheet metal settings, add new sketch to face, sketch punch outline, Dave Breiner, Synergis, June 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Cleanup Node Layout - Dynamo's algorithm is fast, enforces left-to-right data flow, organizes input nodes on left, output nodes on right, has 4 steps: cycle removal, layering, node ordering, coordinate assignment, Colin McCrone, Dynamo, July 3, 2014 (more Vasari articles)

Robie House Planters - use straight line rig, vertical reference line erected at origin, with height parameter, host point, use groups of profiles to create forms in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, July 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Installing a Revit Keynote File - prepare text file with necessary data, access keynote settings button from annotation tab, click browse button to navigate to text file in Revit, James Philip, CADline, July 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Repeater Instance Parameters - select whole repeater as one element, tab-select components when not in mass edit mode, select repeater components to list 'default component,' change family type to access parameters, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, July 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Moving an External Command Button Within the Ribbon - external command for testing, external application implementation in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip, Pt 1 - in modeling environment, hover mouse cursor in empty space near base reference planes to select them when invisible, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, July 4, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Solid Edge Video Quick Tip, Pt 2 - adjust scale of drawing view when dropping model from library on to sheet, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, July 6, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

New Learning Tools, Just a Few Clicks Away in SOLIDWORKS - open mylearning page to view lessons, log-in with MySolidWorks credentials before picking lessons to add them to account, John Setzer, SolidNotes, July 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Positioning Only Mates - tick option 'use for positioning only' to allow components move to position defined by mates in SOLIDWORKS, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, July 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Pattern Driven Component Pattern - go to patterns to select pattern driven component pattern, visit property manager to choose component to be patterned, click ok to finish creating patterns in SOLIDWORKS, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, July 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Colored Outlines - customize outline color of each actor individually, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, July 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Mirror Components Orientation Options - 4 options: translation over mirror plane, no rotations or rotated 180 degrees about the Y/X/Z-axis of part file, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, July 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Flatten Pipes Using Insert Bends - creating fabricated section of pipe, flattening it using insert bends, inserting cope, GoEngineer, YouTube, July 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Time for Manufacturing to Shed Old Image to Attract New Blood? - manufacturing is not dark, dirty, dangerous; Siemens is on multi-city initiative to foster skilled graduates that would be ready for employment in major US manufacturing firms, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, June 30, 2014 (more Jobs and Careers articles)

Virtual Reality: A Powerful Engineering Tool - computer-assisted virtual environment systems, head-mounted display systems are being used for design evaluation purposes, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014 (more virtual reality articles)

Common Mistakes Made by Novice, or Self-Taught Users, Pt 2 - have part center to all base plane on X,Y,Z, draw line to actual length or approximate of base profile in Solid Edge, John Pearson, Design Fusion, June 25, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

What's New, Disruptive and Looks Good on Paper? HPDesignjet - HP Designjet SmartStream software has automatic detection feature, HP Designjet T3500 production eMFP, HP Designjet T7200 production printer, Rita Stange, Revit Community, June 10, 2014 (more large format printer articles)

Bentley BrIM Extends Benefits of BIM to Bridges - bridge information modeling is logical extension of modeling approach to bridge design products, RM Bridge, LEAP Bridge Enterprise extend benefits of BIM to bridge construction, Jill Jerabek, MicroStation Connections, May 28, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Transmagic Facilitates 3D CAD Comparison with MagicCheck R2 - MagicCheck software quickly opens all major 3D CAD formats to compare against source CAD model, analyze accuracy, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, July 2, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Not 'A Load of Crap' Anymore: 'PLM 360 is Way Ahead of Plan,' Says Autodesk's Carl Bass - Autodesk's PLM business has taken off very well, industry experts are hopeful about PLM 360 bringing SMBs to cloud, Verdi Ogewell, ENGINEERING.com, June 18, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles, cloud articles, PLM articles)

Implementing Integrated Visualization Workflow - ensure proper coordination across multiple groups while planning office's visualization pipeline, work locally to allow 3ds Max perform efficiently, maintain proper network deployment, keep proper hardware/software in place before ensuring consistency, Tom Cipolla, AUGI Library, July 2, 2014 (more graphics and visualization articles, 3ds Max tutorials, AEC articles)

Autodesk's Inventor 2015 Advances Digital Prototyping - allows direct editing of model without forcing user to change model by changing parametric data, can leverage cloud where appropriate, Jill Jerabek, Inventor Connections, June 6, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

New Guide to AutoCAD Shortcuts - press shortcut keys like Q, A, Z, F, H, I, S to speed up AutoCAD tasks that enhances productivity, Eric Hoover, GrabCAD Blog, July 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Embedding a Map Image in an AutoCAD Drawing Using .NET - invoke GEOMAPIMAGE command, select GeomapImage object to manipulate its settings before adjusting image properties, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, July 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Make a Layer Current - employ Clayer property of database object, or invoke CLAYER system variable to make current AutoCAD layer active in database, Autodesk Knowledge Network, July 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials

Vault File and Item Lifecycle Change Email Notification is Here - configure email settings to use SMTP mail server, select Vault folder structure, file category to be monitored, pick named lifecycle to state change to be monitored, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, July 2, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk InfraWorks 360: Copy/Paste/Paste in Place - merge option merges entire proposals including elements in it, unlike copy/paste menu that copies, paste individual elements without copying extra items, apply 'paste in place' option to paste element in exact location, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, July 2, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Revit Crashes When Zooming or Panning - ensure if latest updates are installed, upgrade graphics card driver to latest available manufacturer driver, disable hardware acceleration, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Unable to Save Specific Project to Revit Server - delete, recreate element ID of all affected elements recorded in journal, else create separate copy of project, remove linked files in Revit before selecting all visible elements for deletion, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Automatically Handling Selections in COMSOL Multiphysics - 2 ways to add selection to model, track changes to geometry, verify settings that are included in model by writing 'model.selections,' Lars Gregersen, COMSOL Blog, July 2, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

How to Join Solutions in COMSOL Multiphysics - considering 2 modeling examples to demo use of solution joining using general method: absolute difference, result enveloping, Temesgen Kindo, COMSOL Blog, July 1, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

How to Get Free Access to SOLIDWORKS as a Student - Student Design Kit, Student Engineering Kit are available, SDK offers installation of SOLIDWORKS Standard in schools while SEK comes with Premium installations, contact school's CAD administrator to check if school qualifies for obtaining license, Laura Weismantel, CAPUniversity, July 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

You Can't Pick Your Family But You Can Pick Your Filters - press F5 to activate selection folder, comes with toggle buttons that allows activating multiple sections at once, employ cursor feedback with selection filters to discern if filter is active in SOLIDWORKS, Derek Welker, CADimensions Blog, July 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Multiple Leaders from a SOLIDWORKS Annotation - pre-select vertices, edges, or faces while adding note, hold ctrl to select additional leader locations, drag leader attachment point to other locations, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, July 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The CAD Interoperability Monster Still Lurks - understanding root cause, feasibility of consolidation, Coping Mechanisms, interdisciplinary interoperability problem, establishing good quality control protocols during conversion, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014 (more CAD translation articles)

CAD/PDM Software Evaluation: PTC Creo/Windchill PDM Essentials - scaled-down version of PDMLink, provides support for managing PTC Creo Parametric, AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor CAD documents, MS Office documents, pros, cons, available for $1,995, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, July 1, 2014 (more PDM articles, Windchill articles)

Collaborate and Estimate with Bluebeam Revu - YouTube, July 1, 2014 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

AIA: AutoDesSys and Autodesk Demonstrate Upcoming Technologies - AutoDesSys presented formZ 8 with new subdivision modeling technology, Autodesk plans for Project Skyscraper for BIM collaboration, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, July 1, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Saying Goodbye to Missing and Duplicate Objects - add missing library, click 'reload libraries' button, single out duplicate objects using library loading report in ArchiCAD, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, July 1, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD Layers Deep Dive Series: Layer Filters - tips to access layer filters, create layer filter types, generate property, group filters, view active layers included in filter, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, July 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Change Equation Curve Values - avoid using same parameters for GetEquation, SetEquation in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, July 1, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Manage Files with Autodesk Vault Mirror - employ utility to retrieve latest version of files to dedicated mirror folder while retaining folder hierarchy, Imran Bhutta, YouTube, July 1, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

To Add or Modify Pipelines - open InfraWorks, select pipeline style, place point for each bend, visit manual style field to change existing pipeline style, properties palette to adjust pipeline elevation in Civil 3D, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 30, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Autodesk 360 articles)

To Import from AutoCAD Utility Design - switch to 3D display, export poles, conductors in DWG format, import DWG files as pipelines in InfraWorks 360 before re-importing DWG file as pipeline connectors, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 30, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Autodesk 360 articles)

Revit: Family Dialog Box Pop Up - reset UIState, check if video card driver is up to date, open desktop manager to ensure that all settings are turned on, uninstall any video card control center that interfere with Revit, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, July 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

NBS Plug-in for Autodesk Revit 2015 - new in-line search feature comes pre-populated with classification code, viewer possess hide/show options, hyperlink functionality, allows easy tagging of Revit materials, families with NBS, office master references, Stephen Hamil, Construction Code, July 1, 2014 (more Revit articlesAEC articles)

Fixing Revit Warnings - install auto section box extension, open saved html, 3D view to copy, paste ID numbers, set buffet size in section box size dialog in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, July 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Referenced Files as a Service - discusses examples to introduce referenced files as service project, employ new external resource framework to build plugin that supplies Revit links, keynotes, assembly codes, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, July 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Intersecting Rails - Dynamo 0.7 helps directly create solid/surface geometry of final components with its own modeling tools, Eduardo Roca, Dynamo, July 1, 2014 (more Vasari articles)

Choose the Right Workstation Hardware for Maximum Performance and Value - Workstations vs. High- Performance PCs, consider efficiency of CPUs, GPUs, APUs, storage, memory, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

CAD Value and Workstation Performance are Not Mutually Exclusive - choosing workstation, consider video card options, ECC memory, solid-state drives, Frank Ohlhorst, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Summer of Simulation, Pt 1: What All FEA Users Should Do First - for linear studies in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, material choice, load don't affect stress results, Suvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, July 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Seek & Destroy: Under-Defined Sketches - searching under-defined sketches, using Fully Define Sketch tool to edit, fully dimension sketch in SOLIDWORKS, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, June 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Detailed Drawings Done, Fast - create, annotate drawings of parts, assemblies faster, update drawings with design changes, present design information in organized format with SOLIDWORKS, Jeremy Regnerus, YouTube, July 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

HP Z1 G2 All-in-One Workstation Review - 27" LED backlit LCD, Windows 8-compliant, 10-finger capacitive multi-touch capability, 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E3-1280v3 processor, excellent performance, base price starts at $2000, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014 (more HP workstation reviews)

IntelliCAD 8 on Mainframe2 - Q&A with Nikola Bozinovic of Mainframe2 about IntelliCAD working fast on browser, dynamic setting for resolution, cost depends on what features application needs, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, July 1, 2014 (more IntelliCAD articles)

Simplify FEA Simulation Models Using Planar Symmetry - geometry, material, loading, boundary conditions have to exhibit symmetry when selecting planar symmetry, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Meet Fuel Mandates with CFD - Model Fuels Consortium helped improve predictive accuracy of combustion simulation, FORTE CFD Package by ANSYS provides tools to create CFD combustion simulations, Bernie Rosenthal, Desktop Engineering, July 1, 2014 (more CFD articles)

3D Printing 101 - FDM & PolyJet Basics - FDM prints using real thermoplastics, parts are functional, durable, industry-ready, PolyJet uses high performance resins, GoEngineer, YouTube, June 30, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AIA 2014 Convention Keynotes: Design with a Purpose - AIA President, Robert Ivey, talked about value of design, efforts to reach communities were discussed, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, June 30, 2014 (more AEC articles)

AIA: Opening Comments, Thoughts & Photos on AIA National in Chicago - Autodesk Innovation Forum discussed computation, data, its role in design decision-making, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, June 30, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Surfing on the AutoCAD Electrical App - apply surf function to navigate references to intended panel layout drawing, check 'export mobile data' plug-in for files required to surf through project, apply AEMOBILEDATA to generate mobile data folder, Anthony Tee, Point-to-Point, June 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical articles)

Autodesk 360 Ribbon is Grayed Out and Disabled - modify installation for parent application to add Autodesk 360, uninstall Autodesk 360 before reinstalling it, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 30, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

To Create a Model in Autodesk InfraWorks 360 - open new model dialog box, set model folder location, define model extent, click advanced settings to adjust schema template file, coordinate system, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 30, 2014 (more Civil 3D articlesAutodesk 360 articles)

An Introduction to Surface Continuity - definition of surface modeling, describing 'smoothness' of junction, where one surface meets another, using term 'G' in Inventor, Paul Munford, AUGI, Jun 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Desktop Content in Autodesk Inventor as 'Sandbox' for Custom Content - from 'get started' tab, choose projects, 'configure content center libraries' option, transfer library from Vault content to desktop content through library transfer guide, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Install, Uninstall Revit 2015 Content Libraries - select Revit Content Libraries 2015 in control panel, click uninstall/change option to add/remove features in installation page, hit next to update Revit Content installation, David Metcalf, A Word on BIM, June 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Tools for Troubleshooting Unexpected Behavior in Revit - create copy of project before managing linked files, transferring project standards, viewing templates, accessing project browser or visibility/graphics override dialog, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Shortcut for Checking in Files in Vault - open find dialog box in Vault, enter 'checked out by,' contains, name in property, condition, value field to view files, save current search, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, June 30, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Installer Project in Visual Studio 2012 - organize setup by replacing TODO parts, specify application data, configure target system, customize setup appearance before preparing for its release in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, June 30, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Vault - Displaying Vault State in CAD Drawings - modify template before suitable custom iProperty, edit title block, text using new custom property, map property before setting up job processor, Kim Hyde, CADline, June 30, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Searching, Listing and Filters: Autodesk Vault Professional 2015 - Microsoft SharePoint 2013 - configure Vault search to create sub site first, generate search result source on that sub site to keep main SharePoint search feature separate from Vault search, Chris Benner, Design and Motion, June 30, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Table Driven Pattern - Matt Aten of GoEngineer, YouTube, June 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Optimize the Design of Plastic Parts and Injection Molds with SOLIDWORKS Plastic Simulation Software - available in professional, premium, advanced versions, comes integrated with SOLIDWORKS CAD to enhance designs for manufacturability without leaving familiar 3D design experience, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, June 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Point Cloud to Revit BIM: A Boon for Building Restoration Projects - point cloud to Revit model technology makes building information collection more accurate, fast, detailed, Nikunj Patel, Hi-Tech Engineering Services, June 12, 2014 (more AEC articles)

How Reverse Engineering is Useful for Improving Design and Manufacturing - helps in product design analysis, identifying unavailable geometrical information, Nikunj Patel, Hi-Tech Engineering Services, June 23, 2014 (more reverse engineering articles)

Is WhiteClouds the Magic Button for 3D Print Models? - 3D print service, WhiteClouds employs additional 3D modeling to insert details like roof tiles to appear in 3D print, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, June 29, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Workspaces in ACA - components of workspace UI, tips to customize workspace, working with objects in workspace, copying tool palettes, tool packages to workspace in AutoCAD Architecture, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, June 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Edit Block Attribute Properties with BATTMAN - attributes in AutoCAD that can be edited: tag name, prompt name, default value, prompt order, visibility, text style, justification, properties like layer, linetype, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, June 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoLISP: ReOrder Polyline Origin - load Lisp file, invoke REORDERPOLY command, select polyline before clicking on endpoint to define new origin, AutoCAD Tips, June 25, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Two of My Favorite Things - freeform modeling functionality allows adding primitive freeform object into part before manipulating geometry, edit non-native solids with enhanced direct edit capabilities, Demir Ali, Autodesk Digital Prototyping, June 27, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

Revit Linked Files and Worksets - select file link in canvas, check instance properties of link before typing properties of link in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, June 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

More Mass Profiles - open mass family, draw ellipse, set dimension to quad points of ellipse in both directions, create input, scale parameters before assigning depth factor in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, June 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Filtering Vault Content in SharePoint - open SharePoint list to understand counter-intuitive integration between Vault, SharePoint, integrate query objects in Vault based on data source filter values, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, June 27, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Vault 2015 Download Behaviors Have Changed - check Vault improvements with help of tables that get/download from within Vault client, download behaviors with Inventor Vault add-in, display variations in download behavior when using new force overwrite options, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, June 27, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Solid Edge Surfacing Intro - modeling bottle using surfacing capabilities, creating extruded surfaces, offsetting, trimming, stitching surfaces, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, June 28, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

The Birail Magic of BlueSurfs - definition of birails, creating complex organic surfaces using birails, 2 profile curves in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, June 27, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Creating 2D Layouts - open schematic package to conduct preliminary electrical schematic, insert models under SOLIDWORKS Electrical menu before creating 2D drawings, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, June 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Piping & Instrumentation Diagram, Pt 2 - create new wire style groups to show hydraulic or pneumatic type of connections, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, June 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD - Advanced Mates: Telescoping Assembly - employ distance limit mates to create telescoping assembly in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, June 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

PTC Creo 3.0 - What is Unite Technology? - CAD data of varying formats can be used directly in PTC apps, when importing file, new business object is created in native Creo file format, Scott Wertel, ENGINEERING.com, June 26, 2014 (more PTC articles)

PowerShape Pro 2014 - makes reconstruction process more intelligent, efficient, Shrinkwrap tools to drape surface over complex polygon meshes, more direct modeling tools, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 24, 2014 (more PowerShape reviews)

PTC Creo 3.0 Includes Game-Changing Multi-CAD Data Handling - new Unite technology in PTC Creo 3.0 aims to improve CAD data sharing, collaboration, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, June 26, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Attaching Geo-Location Data to an AutoCAD Drawing Using .NET - employ Editor.Command() to call commands synchronously, turn on GEOMAP information, zoom circle created around location in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Copy Extension Dictionary - apply logic to set names of dictionary that is same as DeepCloneObjects source object in AutoCAD, Virupaksha Aithal, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How Do I OpenData? - import Terrain 50 data into Civil 3D, right click on surfaces to select 'create surface' from DEM option, check zoom extents to view imported data, Geoff Woodhead, Cadline, June 26, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Projected CogoPoints to a Profile View - insert block that represents model view of multi-view block, rotate block to correct view, copy it with base point before pasting it as block, project CogoPoints to desired view in Civil 3D, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, June 26, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Importing Survey Data with Extended Properties into Civil 3D - enable 'create new definitions automatically' option before importing XML file to avoid creation of extended properties manually in advance, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, June 26, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Digitizing Landscape Architecture: Get Modeling with InfraWorks - offers 3D visualization environment for importing, rendering large datasets in real time, allows importing complex topographic data, aerial photography, CAD drawings, sharing models via InfraWorks 360, Jason Packenham, Land 8, June 26, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Setting Up a Parametric Dimension Study in Inventor Simulation - set simple analysis to test default size of model, start stress analysis, conduct single point analysis, change type to sliding/no separation to allow links react in correct manner in analysis, Nino Caldarola, Design Engineering, June 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Surfacing: Applying Surface Continuity - create sweep between 2 construction surfaces, visit conditions tab in sweep dialog to apply continuity to surfaces, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, June 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

By the Revit Users, for the Revit Users, Pt 2 - Revit Technology Conference showcases technologies, workflows that give AEC users better look at their projects, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, June 26, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Refresh Element Graphics Display - ways to trigger graphical refresh, determine height of schedule placed on sheet in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 26, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Configurations are Simple - creating more configurations to have different length bases for determining number of mannequins in wall, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, June 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Wave the Flag - Freeform command in SOLIDWORKS to modify solids or surfaces, Rory Niles, Solid Solutions, June 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using the SOLIDWORKS Web Help - set option to use web help, under help consolidated menu, access advanced search tools, navigation of topics, knowledge base search, SOLIDWORKS forum search, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, June 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Convert Entities - More Than Just the Outside Edges - convert entities on all edges, turn on 'edge selection filter' in SOLIDWORKS, Craig Hudson, Solid Solutions, June 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Flat Pattern - Faces to Exclude in SOLIDWORKS - flattening sheet metal part with supporting gusset in it, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, June 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Template Editor Mapped Out - list of inspection template editor dropdown variables, Matt Herald, Fisher/Unitech, June 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Routing, Corrupted Files, Backup, Auto Recover - SOLIDWORKS tutorial, You Tube, June 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

ArchiCAD 18 - new CineRender 14 rendering engine, ability for multi-element editing, new revision management feature to track, automatically document changes to building model, better support of PDF format, BIM Collaboration Format support introduced, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, June 25, 2014 (more ArchiCAD reviews)

Practice Incremental Innovation - radical vs incremental innovation, 3-step process to map out workable innovation plan: list problems, propose solutions, prioritize easy, low-cost options, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 25, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

HP Extends Page-Wide Printing to Large-Format Plotters - HP has designed 5" long modular printhead, modules snap together to create print heads of any size, Ralph Grabowski, Graphic Speak, June 21, 2014 (more large format printer articles)

Hole in Surface for Retaining Wall - extract feature line from corridor, draw 3DPolyline to connect ends of 2 feature lines created, invoke JOIN command before adding 3D polyline as boundary to datum surface in Civil 3D, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, June 25, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoCAD Vault DWF Preview - select publish options in Vault visualization tab, pick AutoCAD, tick plot, plot styles to allow creation of DWF based on chosen plot settings every time AutoCAD file is opened, David Gate, CADline, June 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Autodesk Vault articles)

Reverse Polyline Moves Origin - invoke REVERSE command to reverse direction of selected objects, locate origin of polyline by selecting polyline, view direction of polyline by clicking up/down arrows of current vertex section in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, June 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Use the New Lasso Selection Method in AutoCAD - turn lasso control on/off by 'allow press and drag for lasso' in options dialog box under selection tab, Isaac Harper, Acronym Online, June 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2015: Get Back Your Toolbars and Classic Workspace - tips to obtain AutoCAD classic toolbars, create new workspace in AutoCAD 2015, Bill Wright, YouTube, June 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

AutoLISP: Polyline Direction Preview - run command, select polyline to display temporary arrows that show direction of polyline, AutoCAD Tips, June 24, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Detail Level of Linked Revit File - go into visibility graphics overrides for view, go to Revit links tab of visibility graphics overrides dialog box, select box labeled 'by host view' to right of linked file, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, May 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rendering Revit Models in 3ds Max - overview of settings, rendering engines, texture mapping, techniques to achieve photorealistic images vs Showcase, Revit, YouTube, June 23, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials, Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015: Templates and Families Not Installed - select add/remove programs to install Revit content libraries 2015, uninstall libraries to reinstall them if installation fails, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Surface Modeling - A Designer Lounge, Pt 1 - drawing profile, use BlueSurf command to model designer lounge in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, June 25, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Surface Modeling - A Designer Lounge, Pt 2 - add guide curve, extrude, trim surface, use thicken tool to thicken trimmed, stitched surfaces in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, June 25, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Using the Enterprise PDM Search Tool - search tool is based on data cards, user access is controlled by SOLIDWORKS EPDM admin, helps list users who are not logged in, get list of files currently not checked into vault, Jay Thompson, CAPUniversity, June 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Views Missing from Saved DWG/DXF - if component contains invalid geometry, views cannot be converted to high quality, tips to find invalid geometry in SOLIDWORKS, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

When an 'Off-The-Shelf' Spring Just Won't Do - creating square spring in SOLIDWORKS, TMS CADCentre, June 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

When an 'Off-The-Shelf' Spring Just Won't Do, Pt 2 - creating more advanced spring end including some closed loops, small tab in SOLIDWORKS, TMS CADCentre, June 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Best Graphics Cards for SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD - invest in CPU with ample memory based on usage, check NVIDIA Quadro, AMD FirePro product lines before choosing high-performance cards, Heather Sutton, ModernTech Blog, June 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, graphics cards articles)

Maximize Your SOLIDWORKS Performance - Test Your Hardware - run SOLIDWORKS performance test to check CPU, I/O, graphics, visit SW log files directory to check results of performance test, Nick Weirens, Symmetry Solutions Blog, June 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Pack and Go - tips to create copies of drawings, assemblies to maintain file references in SOLIDWORKS, Jeff Jensen, YouTube, June 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Routing - Ribbon Cables - discusses capabilities of SOLIDWORKS routing with ribbon cable components, Tony Riggs, YouTube, June 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Review: Solid Edge ST7 - improved measurement tools, ability to duplicate components along curve, to find feature patterns within other patterns, visualization with KeyShot, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 24, 2014 (more Solid Edge reviews)

Offsetting a Spline - create spline, select it, click on node point, offset all edges from pet palette in ArchiCAD, Mark Horrocks, Cadimage, June 25, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Autodesk Sparks Interest in 3D Printing - Autodesk is bringing easy-to-use, streamlined, open-source 3D printing software to market; Spark is compatible with wide range of printing filaments, Cabe Atwell, Design News, June 24, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Why You May Need the UCSICON in AutoCAD - make UCSICON visible to allow setting initial indicators about UCS, invoke UCS command, set 'world' as default option to obtain drawing back to UCS in AutoCAD, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, June 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Cursorbadge System - set value of CURSORBADGE system variable to 1 to turn off all new badges, 2 to turn on all badges in AutoCAD, Trevor Clayton, CADline, June 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Clean Up Your AutoCAD Drawing - keep drawing files neat, organized, invoke AUDIT command to check drawing errors, apply PURGE, QSELECT, WBLOCK commands to clean drawings, convert multiple attached objects with JOIN command, Eric Hoover, GrabCAD Blog, June 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

AutoCAD Plant 3D: Orthographic Equipment Fabrication Drawings - create structural, equipment, piping layouts in main project, select heat exchanger while creating secondary project, generate unique template for each piece of equipment before saving drawing, Rick France, Hagerman & Company Blog, June 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

iLogic: Working with the Active Sketch - find active sketch name, active sketch number, delete all sketches in Inventor, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, June 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Quick Tip - Draft Analysis - access draft analysis tool, set pull direction, use iLogic rule to add draft angles to extrude features, Clinton Brown, CADline, June 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

File vs Document - Document.FullFilename property returns filename of file, the document is contained within; Document.FullDocumentName property returns document name which is filename concatenated with level of detail name in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2014 - Previewing Revit Families - click on type selector to preview pre-loaded doors in standard template file, check tips to load more families from metric library, preview load family in Revit metric library, John Flanagan, CADline, June 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Unlocking KMZ and KML Data and Converting to IFC for Use in Revit - export desired view from Navisworks to KML, install ArchiCAD 16, Google Earth import/export plug-in, merge KMZ file before importing IFC file to Revit, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, June 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Equal Spacing Using Curve Driven Pattern - draw seed feature in correct position, draw line on new sketch to represent length of pattern, employ curve driven pattern to design seed along length of curve in SOLIDWORKS, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, June 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2014: Ballooning - select balloon, grip at arrow's tip when moving arrow of balloon, avoid forcing leader to break around quantity while adding quantity to balloon, adjust spacing between quantity, balloon, Matt Lorono, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, June 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Library and Online Portal - avail easy-to-use Windows interface to solve designing issues, visit portal to access electrical resources, request manufacturing parts, symbols, 3D content before adding to web store, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, June 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Event-Based Motion: Packaging Machine, Pt 1 - tips to create assembly in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, June 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS FAQ: SolidNetWork License - SOLIDWORKS continues to run for 60 minutes after license server shuts down, prompts user to save open documents after final warning, SolidNotes, June 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Difference Between Machined and 3D Printed Metal Injection Molds - metal tool cores made with additive methods can get pricey, but savings in cycle time may outweigh conventional tooling, Lindsey Frick, Machine Design, June 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Smooth Surfaces Without Hand Finishing - functions of advanced NURBS technologies: advanced control functionality, faster control loops speed, digital-to-digital control loops feed, machine build quality, mechatronics, Jim Endsley, MoldMaking Technology, June 1, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

PTC Live: CAD, PLM, Services, IoT - Lots of IoT - CEO Jim Heppelmann talked about potential for Internet of Things to change way products are designed, sold, serviced, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 23, 2014 (more PTC articles)

From 1996: Welcome to the Future - CAD industry was talking about Softsource DWG plug-in, Intergraph, ACIS Open, AutoCAD Release 14, TurboCAD 4.0, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, June 24, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Are You Still Using FTP for CAD File Transfer? - pros, cons of using email, FTP, cloud-based file sharing, cloud-based PDM, Scott Wertel, ENGINEERING.com, June 23, 2014 (more PDM articles, cloud articles)

Sweeping a 3D Shape Around a Pline - using sweep to create 3D solid, locating layout tab in AutoCAD 2015, Michael Beall, CADTutor, June 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Document 3D AutoCAD Models with Smart, Connected 2D Views - tips to create 2D documentation from 3D models in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, June 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Custom Catalog Attribute in Plant - add properties to 'all part groups' while modifying catalog properties, visit spec editor tab to add part families, edit properties tab to display property definition fields in Plant 3D, Chuck Jolin, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, June 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Autodesk Navisworks 2015 PDF Reader - add PDF sheets to project, visit 'set scale by measurement' menu to enter distances for calculating scale, adjust resolution (DPI) settings to control visual fidelity, Jarod Schultz, June 23, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Math Transit - pros, cons of traditional nodes, formula node, Python, Code Blocks in Dynamo, Colin McCrone, Dynamo, June 23, 2014 (more Vasari articles)

Autodesk Inventor iAssembly Best Practices - don't use any special characters in member name or filename columns within iAssembly table, never delete iAssembly members from their folder once they are in use within design, don't assume all members are regenerated, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Jun 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Add an Excel Spreadsheet to an Inventor Drawing - open drawing, table dialog box, browse files to locate Excel spreadsheet, place table on drawing before adjusting table grips, layout in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, June 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Sketch Extents - select sketch in UI, iterate entities before combining extents into single Box2d object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic Search Path for Custom References - employ functionalities from custom dlls in iLogic rules by declaring AddReference in Inventor, Philippe Leefsma, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

3 Things Orient to View in Revit Can Do for You - create 3D perspective view by adding camera to view, invoke 'orient to view' command to move camera but not camera target, adjust elevation of camera before isolating floor plan, forming 3D section view, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, June 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Make Up Your Mind - compare behavior of grid lines in Revit with AutoCAD, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, June 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Mesh and Chain Appearances - visit appearance, task manager option, browse to plastic-mesh to view circular, diamond mesh, drag, drop appearances in model before using emapping options to control size of appearance, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, June 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Study Advisor - employ tool to create new study, add sensor for desired results, click study button to generate study advisor, new study options in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, June 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Configuration Publisher, Pt 1 - apply component with pre-made configurations to create custom configuration drop-town table in SOLIDWORKS, Shivani Patel, YouTube, June 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Configuration Publisher, Pt 2 - tips to create new configurations of parts when inserted in SOLIDWORKS assembly, Shivani Patel, YouTube, June 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Luxion KeyShot 5 - ability to import wide variety of native CAD file formats, new NURBS-based rendering, KeyShot cloud to search, filter, find new materials, textures from Luxion libraries, ability to automatically create sun, sky HDR image, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 20, 2014 (more KeyShot reviews)

Femap Tip: Solid Meshing with Internal Beams - create mesh points on surfaces, mesh internal curves to create rod elements, create the solid internal mesh, Tessa Read, Cadimage PLM, June 19, 2014 (more Femap articles)

Have You Been to This Area Lately - measure area command in Solid Edge is useful for calculating areas of boundaries with pockets within their extent, inquire element command reveals area for wide range of surfaces, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 22, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

The New and Dynamic formZ 8 - has new subdivision surfaces modeling tools, bridging command, twist tools, rendering technology based on updated OpenGL, grouping structure helps users organize project's materials, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, June 20, 2014 (more formZ articles)

PTC: Not Your Father's CAD Company - highlights of PTC Live 2014 event: Creo 3.0 announced, ThingWorx rapid application development platform v5.0 adds flexibility for deployment, acquired Atego for $50 million, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, June 20, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Modeling Convective Cooling of Electrical Devices - modeling laminated iron core in COMSOL Multiphysics, Fabian Scheuren, COMSOL Blog, June 23, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Don't Hit Eject! 4 Tips to Getting Your BIM Pilot Project Off the Ground - change management, set expectations, confine pilot project to single story, reduce complexity, define level of detail, Jeff Yoders, CADdigest.com, June 23, 2014 (more AEC articles)

How to Create a Sphere, Dome, or Curved Shape in SketchUp - create circle with radius of dome, create another circle that is perpendicular to circle, split one of circles into quarters, delete all but one quarter, offset it, use follow me tool, Designer Hacks, June 17, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Isometric Drawing in AutoCAD 2015, Pt 2 - cycle isoplane to top, employ direct distance entry to specify lengths, switch to right isoplane to draw vertical lines, form isocircle ellipses before connecting them for slot, Dieter Schlaepfer, Lynn Allen's Blog, June 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

Put on Your Implementation Hat - undertake observational efforts to resolve production issues, keep upgrade process ready to handle situations when workstations becomes unavailable, ensure proper planning, good communication, dedicated execution to implement AutoCAD releases better, Curt Moreno, AUGI Library, June 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Suppress Dialogs in the Inventor Vault Add-In - specify default values of check in, undo check out, check in dialog on file close, check out dialog on file open dialogs in Vault, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 10, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

The Space Between the Bit 0 and 1 - employ rotated scope box to draw orthogonally, create points manually in AutoCAD file before linking them in Revit project, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, June 20, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Everything You Need to Know About Code Blocks - code blocks can hold numbers, strings, formulas, user can call any regular node in library through code block in Dynamo, Colin McCrone, Dynamo, June 19, 2014 (more Vasari articles)

New in Autodesk Inventor 2015: Enhancements to the Look at Tool - check enhanced 'look at' behavior located in display tab to perform minimum rotation, or align with local coordinate systems, avail options to resize application options dialog box in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 22, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Reorder Browser Pane Nodes - open UI to drag, drop nodes in Inventor browser pane, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 20, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Routing - Electrical Clips - application of clips to route wires from component to component in SOLIDWORKS, Tony Riggs, YouTube, June 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Best User Interface You'll Ever Use - understanding features of UI that is easy-to-use, allows creating design faster in SOLIDWORKS, Jeremy Regnerus, YouTube, June 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Jim Wilkinson - SOLIDWORKS Architect - Q&A about job responsibilities, life before, after CAD, primary steps with SOLIDWORKS, journey in Dassault, prospects of SOLIDWORKS, importance of user-experience with relation to alpha/beta testing in initial phases of product development, Jeff Mirisola, Jeff’s Tool Shed, June 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Common Mistakes Made by Novice, or Self-Taught Users, Pt 1 - not using direct editing in Solid Edge ordered modeling; direct editing tools help users move, offset, rotate faces, bodies, resize holes, rounds, or bends in sheet metal, John Pearson, Design Fusion, June 19, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Helpful Settings for Plotting 3D Solids in AutoCAD - use VISUALSTYLES command to open visual styles palette, Select the Visual Style, change property in 'edge settings' section, AutoCAD Tips, June 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

SpaceMouse Pro Goes Wireless for 3D Control - handy slot for storing pesky little USB receiver in base, 2 sizes of cable, tidy little USB hub to get more range for device, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 19, 2014 (more mice articles)

GrabCAD's PDM Workbench: Design Collaboration in Minutes - PDM Workbench processes each CAD file upon upload into proprietary BREP format for easy, fast sharing; integration of Workbench, Creo will offer better collaboration, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 19, 2014 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

Review: Autodesk Inventor 2015 - T-Splines technology to create inherently G2 continuous surfaces, intuitive, slick direct modeling tools with great feature recognition, improved sketching environment, Paul Munford, DEVELOP 3D, June 19, 2014 (more Inventor reviews)

Yes - You Can Create 'Class A' Surfaces with Inventor - class 'A' surface has styling intent, surface continuity is way of describing or measuring how smoothly one surface meets another, Paul Munford, Design and Motion, June 20, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

Persistent Drawing View Options in 2015/Thread Feature Off by Default - last used settings are stored in three 32 bit registry key, each bit stores last used status of base view dialog controls, Pierre Masson, Being Inventive, June 19, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Surfacing: Curvature Continuity and Sketch Constraints - applying curvature definitions G0, G1, G2, G3 within 2D sketch, Paul Munford, CAD Setter Out, June 14, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

PTC Live Global 2014: IoT and PTC Creo 3.0 Take Center Stage - ThingWorx v5.0 rapid application development platform was announced, Unite technology in Creo 3.0 enables reuse of existing CAD data as is, in its current format, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, June 19, 2014 (more PTC articles)

PTC Finally Plays Well with Others - Creo 3.0 Unite - Unite technology lets Creo read native files from major MCAD products, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, June 19, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Everyone's an Expert with SketchXpert - when sketch changes to undesirable state, SketchXpert icon pops up on status bar in SOLIDWORKS, diagnosing, suggesting solutions to problem, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, June 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Magic of Spline on Surface - modeling egg with top chopped off in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, June 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Search Path Order for Opening Files in SOLIDWORKS - SOLIDWORKS goes through multi-step progression of paths to find reference file: RAM, reference documents path, last path used, last path used by system, last path when parent document was saved, Darin Grosser, DASI Solutions Blog, June 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Tip: Multiple Instances on Your Inspection Report - change quantity in properties tab to add line items to inspection report, make characteristic for each instance, Matt Herald, Fisher/Unitech, June 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Friends Don't Let Friends Save as JPEG in SOLIDWORKS - TIFF or PNG produces much more versatile graphic image file for use, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, June 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

DimXpert: Selective Features - auto dimension scheme to define inner features of differential housing in SOLIDWORKS, Tyler Smith, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, June 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Inserting Logos Into Parts and Drawings - using decals, sketch pictures or insert picture option, Shivani Patel of GoEngineer, YouTube, June 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Will 2014 Go Down as the Year of the Stereolithography Machine? - FormLabs is addressing serviceability issue for its Form 1+ printer, market is offering many choices for professional user, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 18, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

PTC Announce Creo 3.0: Now Accepting All Major 3D CAD Data - improvements to UI, existing concept design toolset were announced, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, June 9, 2014 (more PTC articles)

HP Wants to Add a Splash of Color to Monochrome-Dominated Repographics - wide-format Inkjet printers with PageWide technology are capable of both monochrome, color printing, printed output is expected to be water-resistant, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, June 18, 2014 (more large format printer articles)

How to Use MODO for Product Design, Step by Step - Mesh Fusion plug-in helps create live, fully editable Boolean object, 'modeling with subdivision surfaces' creates very complex organic surfaces quickly, render preview viewport gives live updates, allowing to see any change made to design in real time, Andy Brown of Foundry, Novedge, June 18, 2014 (more modo articles)

Easing the Pain of Deployment - check CPU activity in task manager to see if install has stalled, consider 3 techniques addressing deployment failure problems, steps to copy/migrate deployments, Gordon Price, AUGI, June 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Isometric Drawing in AutoCAD 2015, Pt 1 - ISODRAFT command to create 2D isometric drawings easily, list of useful features, commands, keys for isometric drawing, Dieter Schlaepfer, Lynn Allen's Blog, June 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

Thinking About Security, Pt 1 - employ SECURELOAD system variable in AutoCAD to check source of application code, avoid downloading drawings/applications from un-trusted sources to prevent data security threats, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Changing the Default Appearance - invoke OPTIONS command, select display tab, visit windows elements section to set light color scheme in AutoCAD Electrical, Miles Nicholson, CADline, June 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Section View Editor Grid - apply troubleshooting tool to maintain perspectives on corridor, adjust horizontal/vertical grid spacing to ensure that original grid is not tight or adds more lines when checking guidelines in Civil 3D, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, June 18, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Advanced Configuration Details for the Data Standard Dialog - understanding Prop[ ], Ps functions, binding scripts to functions, data standard system properties, tools for debugging in Vault, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 10, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Splitting Tables and Moving to Different Drawing Sheets - right click on cell to split table, drag parts list in 2 different locations, locate parts list in drawing browser to drag template to completely different drawing sheet in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Quick Tip - Import Step Assembly - select STEP import options for importing step file, uncheck 'import assembly as single part' to ensure that step file is ready to import, convert multi solid part into assembly with make components command, David Gate, CADline, June 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Make Components Command Implemented Via API - set projects, description iProperty of each created part to solid body name that is referencing from original part in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

The Vault Browser in Autodesk Inventor - tips to refresh Vault browser in Inventor, update properties for active document, filter files listed in Vault browser, display lifecycle state, revision, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 10, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles, Inventor tutorials)

An Introduction to In-Context Part Editing with SOLIDWORKS - put driving component into assembly, edit component in-context to produce necessary cut to remove interference, set assembly transparency to opaque, Innova Systems, June 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Auto Trace - embossing Cadtek logo onto mannequin, enable auto trace add-in, position, scale image after insertion, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, June 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Using Right-Click SOLIDWORKS Rename - select rename from fly-out menu to rename cached file, invoke standard Windows rename command in local vault view to update vaulted file in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Fun Features - discusses application of insert features like draft, shell, rib, scale, freeform, deform, flex, wrap in SOLIDWORKS, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, June 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Estimating Printed-Circuit-Board Thermal Properties - use online calculator to analyze image of each layer of board in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, June 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE-On-the-Cloud Brings High Power Design Tools to Small Design Teams - list of CATIA processes available on cloud, CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE offers location-agnostic content sharing, useful for smaller companies, Sanjeev Pal, ENGINEERING.com, June 17, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

DriveWorks Pro Server: What to Watch Out for When Upgrading - uninstall DriveWorks 10, run DriveWorks Pro Server 11 configuration utility, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, June 17, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - Layout Revisioning & Issues - revision tool updates revision history every time layout sheets are changed, color coding in layouts allows distinguish new revisions from current issue items in ArchiCAD, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, June 18, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015: Cursor Badges - enhanced badges provide contextual feedback, check display conditions of section, inspection, rotation badges, avoid displaying cursor badges by using CURSORBADGE command in AutoCAD 2015, Heidi Hewett, AutoCAD Insider, June 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

ReCap Pro: Registration - import formatted point cloud data by selecting individual files, folder location or by dragging/dropping files into Recap UI, register setup views, check registration of any two scans for accurate alignment before indexing scans, Dan Chapek, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, June 17, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

A 360 Spin Around Fusion Animations - successor of Inventor Publisher, Fusion 360 offers simple, intuitive process for creating new publication, storyboard, but lacks trails to show origin of components, fails to generate drawing views or label balloons, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, June 18, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Track End of Part Change in Part Document - check DocumentEvents.OnChange event to understand movement of 'end of part' symbol in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Guidelines for Files to Upload - check guidelines related to 'part and assembly' models or assembly models before ensuring proper functioning of Inventor models in Configurator 360, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Power of Formula Driven Geometry: Singularity - achieve initial singularity by using formulas or external referrer like dynamo for referencing in Revit, Mehmet Polat Diker, Red Hot BIM, Jun 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Calendar - generate D-GEN calendar by adding data entry parameters, apply zellerHdayFirst, cntDAYSlast parameters to assign days in Revit, Mehmet Polat Diker, Red Hot BIM, May 26, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Viewpoint: Lighting School with Mac App Illuminando, Pt 1 - basics of light, Marcello Brocato, Architosh, June 17, 2014 (more Mac articles)

Viewpoint: Lighting School with Mac App Illuminando, Pt 2 - building room, starting lighting calculations, preparing report, Marcello Brocato, Architosh, June 17, 2014 (more Mac articles)

PTC is Betting on a Smart Connected World - strategic overview explains Thingworx acquisition, CEO James Heppelmann outlines capabilities of smart connected products, John Hayes, ENGINEERING.com, June 17, 2014 (more PTC articles)

PTC Immerses Its Users in the Internet of Things - CEO James Heppelmann explained 4 capabilities becoming possible in Internet of Things: monitor, control, optimize, automate product, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, June 17, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Creo 3.0 Announced at PTC Live Global - Unite technology enables CAD data to be used directly in Creo apps, new concept design tools in Creo 3.0: align freestyle, greater scalability, more powerful, easier to use 3D direct modeling app, Creo design exploration extension, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, June 17, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Making Multibody STLs for 3D Printing - working with single part having letters placed inside block, using save bodies command, saving out STL files, processing for 3D printing, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, June 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Systems Reveals Strategies for the Second Half of 2014 - more acquisitions, expansion, plans to open world's first digital bakery in LA, to introduce fab-grade, larger, faster direct metals printer at Euromold 2014, 3ders.org, June 17, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

DrawCompare - Your New Best Friend - click on DrawCompare browse buttons to open older, newer revision drawing files, hit compare drawings button to compare both drawings in SOLIDWORKS, John Shuey, Design Point Solutions, June 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Make Your Electrical Design More Intelligent - verify project by viewing automatic, online design rules check, form intelligent schematic to generate automatic output reports, measure cable length automatically in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Jack Wilson, CADtek Blog, June 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Free Xpress Utilities, Pt 4: FloXpress - perform FloXpress analysis to determine flow of fluids through model, close opening of cavity from which fluid flows with lids before forming pressure to calculate flow velocity, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, June 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Announcements from PTC Live Global - Creo 3.0 will deliver multi-CAD data handling capabilities, ThingWorx 5.0 will enable flexible deployment options, PDDnet, June 16, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Capacitive Pressure Sensor - modeling electromechanics in COMSOL Multiphysics, Amelia Halliday, COMSOL Blog, June 16, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Solid Edge Crossword, Pt 1 - learning features, file types, geometric relationships, commands while guessing widely used terms in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 16, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials

Getting Over the Implementation Bubble - impart training to staff regarding BIM design process, access need for change before implementing BIM to existing work, check BIM adaptability along with CAD, define management team's long-term roles, David Butts, AUGI Library, June 16, 2014 (more AEC articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - Lights, Lamps & IES - basic light parameters settings offers simple interface that offers access to 'floor plan and 3D representation,' caustics, noise, lens flares effects, check IES light source that allows downloading photometric details, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, June 13, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Maintain a Healthy Project - manually save project often to prevent possible file corruption as introduced by AutoSave, avoid using drawing recovery option inside AutoCAD Plant 3D to avoid errors resulting in unusual part behavior, Chuck Jolin, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, June 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Workflow: Data Integration - integrate data to share specific version of model coordinated in BIM 360 Glue with field projects, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 9, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Add 2D PDF Sheets with Autodesk Navisworks 2015 PDF Reader - prepare quantity takeoff with PDF as data source, integrate PDF sheets into project browser that allows browsing page thumbnails, jump to pages to prepare sheets in Navisworks, Thomas Schwaiger, Beyond Design, Jun 16, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Customize the Data Standard Template Path in Vault - configure different template path for new standard file dialog, add binding property 'TemplatePath' to view model in Vault, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 10, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Region Properties for Section View - create sketch on section view, project curves from view into region in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 16, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Match Wheel Zoom Between AutoCAD and Inventor - open application options dialog box, pick display tab to set reverse direction as zoom behavior in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, June 16, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Hidden Modifications and Customizations in Revit - select elevation tag to pick new tag, choose elevation mark from graphics parameter, load custom elevation tag in Revit library to avail elevation mark before assigning to tag, Matt Johnson, Hagerman & Company Blog, Jun 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Parse Element ID for Quick Deletion of Identical Instances in the Same Place Errors - export error report, open HTML file in Excel, select columns A, B, C before switching to XLS template to fill up table in Revit, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, June 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

HP's New Large-Format PageWide InkJet Printer Not Due Until Late 2015 - HP uses eight 5" printhead modules to print on paper up to 40" wide, more usage of ink cartridges will lock customers to HP's ink prison, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, June 17, 2014 (more large format printer articles)

HP Aims to Make Wide-Format Printing Cheaper, More Colorful - HP Designjet T3500 eMFP, T7200 production printer can print large documents, produce high volumes of CAD drawings, company plans to overtake LED printers with its inkjet-based PageWide technology, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, June 16, 2014 (more large format printer articles)

Where New-Wave Manufacturing is Headed - Q&A with Autodesk CEO Carl Bass about value of industrial 3D printing, startups in manufacturing, crowdfunding, Don Clark, The Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Researchers Develop High-Quality 3D Metal Parts Using Additive Manufacturing - parameters for higher power selective laser melting machines can be selected by using simple, computational simulations to explore process parameter space, Phys.org, June 16, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

RAPID 2014 Comes of Age in Detroit - presentations were focused on role that advanced manufacturing have to play in boosting profile of manufacturing in America, Jamie Gooch, Desktop Engineering, June 13, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Looking Inside - A SOLIDWORKS Composer Tip - set viewpoint correctly so that it easily captures view, select casing geometry, reduce opacity in property pane, switch model into custom render mode to make internal parts more prominent in SOLIDWORKS, Russell Richardson, Solid Solutions, June 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Free Xpress Utilities, Pt 3 - SimulationXpress - avail wizard to browse complete process of setting preferences, adding fixtures, applying loads, viewing results, creating reports, display stress, displacement, deformation or factor of safety results once study gets compiled, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, June 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM Error - No Database is Connected to This View Adobe Reader - disable protected mode or revert to older version of Adobe Reader to resolve PDF error, deselect 'enable protected mode at startup' in preferences tab in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Adding Useful Keyboard Shortcuts to SOLIDWORKS - tips to assign keyboard shortcut to commands to speed up SOLIDWORKS productivity, Solid Apps Blog, June 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Football Special - presents virtual free kick training using SOLIDWORKS motion setup, YouTube, June 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CAD/PDM Software Evaluation: Solid Edge/Teamcenter Rapid Start - document management in Teamcenter Rapid Start is set up, controlled in methodical manner, but system documentation, online training is lacking, server license is available for $2,000, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, June 13, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, Teamcenter articles)

A Review - Able to Extract PDF Converter - converts PDFs into editable formats easily, except PDFs created as raster images, has logically laid out icons, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, June 13, 2014 (more PDF articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - Better Building Materials & Collisions - employ building materials functionality to add IDs, descriptions, manufacturer names to building materials, include physical properties such as embodied energy or carbon, set as participant in collision detection, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, June 16, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

How to Deal with Graphic Card Issue - type GRAPHICSCONFIG to turn off graphic acceleration, keep hardware acceleration on while switching off some visual effect options in AutoCAD 2015, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, June 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Dimension Style Basics - create default text style, click on annotation panel, go to dimension style editor to change text to text style, draw lines, symbols, arrows, adjust fit, primary units, alternate units, tolerances in AutoCAD, Adam Kimber, June 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Advanced Dimensioning - visit primary units section to change dimension precision, convert km from mm by adding km as suffix before changing scaling to 0.000001 in AutoCAD, Adam Kimber, June 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Parameter Dependency in iLogic Form - create multi-value parameters to store WidthValues, DepthValues, HeightValues, position parameters on form before creating rule in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

I Love Me a Parametric Bridge - setting out geometry for pedestrian bridge in Dynamo, Zach Kron, Dynamo, June 6, 2014 (more Vasari articles)

Linked Files Not Included When Exporting to NWC File Format - export each file from Revit individually before recompiling them in Navisworks, create linked DWG files that Navisworks support, or bind links in main Revit file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, May 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Navisworks articles)

3D Printed Metal Parts in Mass Production - ability to get metal parts without involving machinist, CNC machines sounds exciting but factors like density, strength, voids, cost need to be considered, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, June 15, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Customizing 3D Printed Parts: Name Plates - modifying parametric models without using CAD program, Dave Tupper, CAPUniversity, June 13, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

It's All Gone Dark - adjust final render quality to 'better,' tick custom render settings to manually set number of reflections, refractions in SOLIDWORKS PhotoView 360, Alan Sweetenham, Solid Solutions, June 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Score with SOLIDWORKS: Sketch Pictures - employ sketch picture tool to form image, adjust picture coordinates, set transparency options in property manager, click ok to insert picture in SOLIDWORKS, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, June 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Equally Spacing a Linear Pattern Using Equations - create pattern with appropriate selections for each direction, set initial value for instances, spacing parameters, define equation for each direction after forming pattern feature in SOLIDWORKS, Will Maier, Design Point Solutions, June 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Choosing a PDM System - SOLIDWORKS EPDM offers windows explorer integration, creates configurable workflows, allows reuse of existing designs, while Workgroup PDM comes along with premium, professional licenses requiring vault system to manage revisions, Gordon Pursel, DDICAD News, June 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Sheet Metal - Simple Hole - activate hole tool, select location in graphic area, pick origination of hole by choosing sketch plane in SOLIDWORKS, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, June 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal - AutoRelief - activate edge-flange tool, select edge to flange, set length of edge flange, click edit flange profile before setting dimensions in SOLIDWORKS, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, June 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal - Trim Side Bend - select flange in graphic area, set offset flange position before setting offset distance in SOLIDWORKS, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, June 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Capturing Expert Knowledge in Design Coordination to Train Novice Designers - average time spent per clash reduces significantly when decision support is available, Fernanda Leite, AECbytes, June 12, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Select the Appropriate GPU for Your CAD Workflow and Your Budget, Pt 1 - factors deciding reliability of GPU: ISV certification, qualification, testing, long-term support, also evaluate price, performance, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, June 12, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

ESI's Q1 Down Year/Year, Partly Due to Planned Change in Services - total revenue for FQ1 was down 7% y/y, license revenue was up 2% in constant currencies, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 12, 2014 (more CFD articles)

The ANSYS Workbench and the Future of Simulation - Workbench uses drag-and-drop project schematic to link simulation processes, CAD, project updates, optimization tools, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, June 11, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Pushing Synchronous as a CAD Admin - CAD admin Melissa Schultz identified set of facts, myths prevalent among users, established new Solid Edge Synchronous best practices, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 12, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - Surface Materials - visit BIMComponents online portal to import surfaces into surface material dialog made by ArchiCAD users, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, June 12, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD: Layer Locking Fade LAYLOCKFADECTL - apply command to control fade for locked layers, set fade values to adjust fading percentage of object in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Iterating AutoCAD System Variables Using .NET, Pt 2 - understanding c# code that employs updated ESV, ESV2 commands to create correspondingly named .txt files rather than printing results to command line, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Inventor 2015: Relax Your Sketch Constraints - stretch/move constrained geometry to edit dimensions/constraints dynamically, turn on relax mode or employ F11 key to enable/disable feature in Inventor, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Let's Play Tetris in Vault - extract xaml file in folder, copy dll's to Vault client installation directory before restarting Vault client, select file to open new tab with game, coolOrange Blog, June 13, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Change Row Order of Item in a BOM - Vault 2015 Example - employ RevId of item, lock item before editing id of items in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, June 12, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Getting Started with InfraWorks 2015, Pt 4: Adding a Road - click 'create icon' on InfraWorks core toolbar followed by roads icon, pick road style from 'select draw style asset card' pop-up, snap points along existing road to assign elevation from terrain, Eric Chappell's Blog, June 12, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Getting Started with InfraWorks 2015, Pt 5: Sharing with the World - visit scenario palette, click on green plus sign to create new scenario, adjust extent of scenario, settings as scenario editor asset card opens before publishing model to InfraWorks 360, Eric Chappell's Blog, June 12, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoCAD's Wait for it UI Should Be Scrapped Soon - rotate point labels to avoid overlapping, pick point object, label handle grip before selecting rotate option, choose edit points from context menu to initiate point editor spreadsheet in Civil 3D, John Evans, Design and Motion, June 13, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit Quick Tip - apply location parameter to allow Revit assign architectural room's name, number through linked file connection, Dennis Collin, CADline, June 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials

So You Want to Upgrade to Revit Structure 2015 - check service packs before upgrading to latest release, ensure availability of add-ons 2015 version before including in deployments, verify analytical software compatibility, gain proper training to take full advantage of new Revit features, Philip Russo, AUGI Library, June 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials

Improvements to Dynamo's View Manipulation - tips to switch between geometry, node views, Ben Goh, Dynamo, June 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill, Pt 7: Spindle, Drawbar, and Toolchanger - selecting taper to support, Cartridge Spindles vs Dedicated Spindles, considering 4 functions of toolchanger carousel, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, June 11, 2014 (more CAM articles)

What's the Difference Between CADCAM Wizards and the Feeds and Speeds Calculator? - traditional feeds/speeds calculator is very flexible, but also very low level, while CADCAM Wizard makes tasks much easy, provides scientific answer to issues, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, June 12, 2014 (more CAM articles)

HP Plans to Displace LED Printers with PageWide - PageWide large-format printer promises higher speed, color than current LED printer, will be available in late 2015, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, June 11, 2014 (more large format printer articles)

Summary Notes from HP's Large-Format Printer Launch Event - new PageWide inkjet printers are 2x faster than LED printers, printheads are 5"-wide interchangeable modules; new T3500 and T7200 Printers have self-encrypted hard drive, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, June 11, 2014 (more large format printer articles)

Leave Your Watermark on SOLIDWORKS Drawings - open drawing template, add watermark property, edit sheet format to add note linked to current document property, apply formatting, display note behind text before saving template, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, June 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Free Xpress Utilities, Pt 2: DFMXpress - launch DFMXpress to validate design for manufacturability of parts, performs mill/drill, turn with mill drill, sheet metal, injection modeling functions in SOLIDWORKS, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, June 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Where Did My SOLIDWORKS Error Messages Go? - visit system options, check boxes to allow message dialogs reappear in SOLIDWORKS, Sam Hochberg, SolidNotes, June 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Decoding SOLIDWORKS Patterns - pattern tools for sketching, features, parts within assembly in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, June 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS vs Solid Edge: How Well They Import Legacy Data from AutoCAD, Pt 1 - importing DWG in Solid Edge, converting 2D to 3D with revolve, extrude tools, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, June 12, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS vs Solid Edge: How Well They Import Legacy Data from AutoCAD, Pt 2 - importing DWG in SOLIDWORKS, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, June 12, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, SOLIDWORKS articles)

Review: Delcam PowerMill 2014 - improved user experience, dynamic tool control, Vortex machining, updated creation of composite curves, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 11, 2014 (more PowerMill reviews)

CAD Manager Tips: Common Workplace Complaints - and Their Solutions - of a CAD Draftsman - comfort, need of faster PC/laptop, productivity gains, stability of software, sources to build knowledge, Shaun Bryant, CADdigest.com, June 9, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Drawing Reverts to Metric Units When Opened in AutoCAD - invoke -DWGUNITS command from command line, enter values 2, 2, 4 followed by yes for both scaling objects from other drawings, match INSUNITS to drawing units, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD units tutorials)

Solids Used in a Block are Not Able to be Displayed with Transparency in AutoCAD - right-click on block, select block editor, objects making up block, set transparency settings to 'ByLayer' before saving block, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Selection Tree Window - displays variety of hierarchical views of model structure, model hierarchy is structured to display category, family, type, instance below each level in Revit or Navisworks, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 9, 2014 (more Navisworks articles, Revit tutorials)

Revit Integration - Loaded with Load Improvements - Vault 2015 allows loading model, detail, attached detail groups directly from Vault into current project, offers single-click family type loading facility, new 'load and place' command to load family in Revit, Allan O'Leary, Under the Hood, June 11, 2014 (more Revit articles, Autodesk Vault articles)

Room Editor Live and Unofficial Custom Ribbon Button - employ .NET UI automation library to add non-API custom button to any ribbon tab in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting Started with InfraWorks 2015, Pt 1: Building the Existing Terrain - open map viewer to download terrain data, select data theme, provide email details at checkout page, open data in InfraWorks to create project, Eric Chappell's Blog, June 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Getting Started with InfraWorks 2015, Pt 3: Setting the Model Extent - open InfraWorks model settings, uncheck 'use entire model' box that enables BBox/polygon menu, set model extent so that project performs well in Civil 3D, Eric Chappell's Blog, June 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Getting Started with InfraWorks 2015, Pt 2: Draping Imagery - unzip terrain data files before dropping them into InfraWorks, open configuration dialog to apply image settings, include image name in data sources window before storing their path in connection string property, Eric Chappell's Blog, June 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Project Kickoff Questionnaire - prepare list of questions that may include issues related to CAD tools, workflow of projects, IT, training or coordination before project starts to rule out confusions, ensure smooth work progress, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 11, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Project Kickoff Meeting: Your Secret Weapon for Success - conduct meeting before project begins to establish ground rules, project responsibilities, decide on CAD deliverables, CAD tools or methods, timeline of deliverables to minimize managerial challenges, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 11, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

RAPID 2014: New Developments in 3D Printing and Scanning - 21st RAPID conference hints new emerging class of hybrid 3D printers like DMG Mori, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, MC Machinery systems, Optomec that employs both additive manufacturing, subtractive methods, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, June 11, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Printeer, First 3D Printer Targeted at Kids, Launches on Kickstarter - 3D printer comes with iPad app that allows simple touch controls to design shapes for printing, works with PLA plastic filament, with removable print bed, auto bed leveling, wireless access, base price starts at $549, 3ders.org, June 11, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Take the First Steps to Automation - understanding steps of re-creating SelCount macro in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 11, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

First Steps to Automation, Pt 2 - discusses oSel variable that stores object of type SelectSet, check code to access objects, store values in variables in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 11, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Relating to Sketch Relations - discusses offset entities, on edge, double distance, coradial, pierce relations that are effective for performing multiple jobs in SOLIDWORKS, Art Woodbury, CAPUniversity, June 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Free Xpress Utilities, Pt 1: DriveWorksXpress - ideal for handling repetitive design tasks, it is also used to create multiple variations of parts, assemblies, drawings quickly, accurately in SOLIDWORKS, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, June 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Two Sneaky Drawings Problems - tips to fix external reference issue when deleted drawings are referenced in SOLIDWORKS, Shivani Patel, YouTube, June 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Surface Tension - SOLIDWORKS and Solid Edge Battle - veteran SOLIDWORKS user evaluates, compares Solid Edge ST6 surfacing functionality, Ryan Reid, CADdigest.com, June 11, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, SOLIDWORKS articles)

Review: Edgecam 2014 - 'Edgecam Workflow' introduces environment to automate routine tasks, helps user quickly import geometry, define correct datum, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 10, 2014 (more Edgecam reviews)

DIY CNC Machining from Scratch - CAM/CNC 101 - learning about controllers, software, calibration/tuning, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, June 10, 2014 (more CAM articles)

FormLabs Update 3D Printer + Euro Servicing - Form1+ printer has upgraded laser optics, galvanometer, improved speed, redesigned resin tray, more reliable peel mechanism, DEVELOP 3D, June 10, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

FEA Exercise: How to Analyze a Simple Dynamic Load - designing container from steel for encasing low-level radioactive waste, modeling geometry, strike duration, material properties, Fred Jensen, Machine Design, June 10, 2014 (more FEA articles)

The Future of Geometric Kernels: C3D Labs' Technical Briefings for COFES Participants - ASCON CEO Oleg Zykov presented long term vision of C3D Labs, participants talked about transformation of business models in field of CAD, its impact on component developers, ASCON, May 27, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Using Bluebeam Page Label Tool - turn on thumbnails tool to check order of pages, open page labels tool to set page region, range, click on 'create bookmarks tool' to create bookmarks in Bluebeam, Jarod Schultz, June 10, 2014 (more AEC articlesPDF articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - The Change Manager - comes with floating palette that shows all changes, select element that is being changed to display in change manager list, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, June 11, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

SketchUp Training Series Videos - tips to position view, set inference locking, add dimensions, rotate objects, application of rectangle, mirror tool, protractor, colors/textures in SketchUp, Sanjay Gangal, AECCafe Blogs, May 16, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

How to Remove the Annoying Cursor Badges in AutoCAD 2015 - install service pack, change value of CURSORBADGE system variable from 2 to 1 to disable badges, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, June 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Electrical Tutorial - Inserting New Wires at an Angle - visit wire tool dropdown located on schematics tab to access angled wiring drafting commands, determine length of angled segment of wire before starting flat extension, Chris Johns, Infinite Skills Blog, June 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Importing Layer Filters - obtain layers that are to be cloned, check if destination database contains layer filter with similar name before importing filters in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Using Autoloader to Setup Contextual Ribbon Tab - create contextual tab selector rule, form custom dll to determine if contextual tab is to be displayed, modify PackageContents.xml in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, June 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Iterating AutoCAD System Variables Using .NET, Pt 1 - implement ESV, ESV2 commands that employ 2 mechanisms for obtaining list of AutoCAD system variables, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk ReCap: Explained - Recap point cloud engine acts as programmatic driver for all point cloud tools, serves as 'in-product' point cloud viewer, enhanced Pro version refines UI, ReCap360 adds cloud service capabilities to point cloud data, Kevin Breslin, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, June 10, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Civil 3D British English - remove any other localizations of version, visit subscription page, select 'access your subscription benefits' link before opening product download page, set language to British English before proceeding for downloading Civil 3D, Geoff Woodhead, Cadline, June 10, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

iLogic Form - Immediate Model Updates - ensure if iLogic rules are set to run automatically, insert update statement at end of rule, apply iLogic event trigger to identify Inventor rules that should run in global basis, Luke Davenport, CADline, June 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic - TitleBlock Project Data From Excel - set iLogic rule that allows user to browse for spreadsheet, reads in data before matching field name to title block field in Inventor, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, June 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

ST7: Material Table - ST7 enhancements provide multiple library support, improved UI, grouping/categorization, custom material property support, import/export of materials using Excel format, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 10, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Bent and Flat Part in an Assembly - tips to create bent, flat version of same sheet metal part without creating multiple versions of same part in Solid Edge, YouTube, June 9, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Combining Helixes, Surfaces and Sweeps - create sphere, form helix that cuts through body, employ sketch tool intersection curve in combination with 3D sketch to create 3D sketched path, generate profiles for swept cut groove in SOLIDWORKS, Chris Morrogh, Solid Solutions, June 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Copy Settings Wizard: Easy as 1, 2, 3 - visit task pane to access wizard, select among save setting or restore setting options, browse desired save location before hitting finish to save settings in SOLIDWORKS, Rachel Diane York, CADimensions Blog, June 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Shortcuts in SOLIDWORKS: Mate References - select faces, assign mate, alignment types, hover cursor over faces in 'references to capture' to avail specific mates quickly in SOLIDWORKS, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, June 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Copying Sheets from One Drawing to Another - activate copy-from drawing, visit drawing tree to select drawing sheet to be copied, activate copy-to drawing to add copied sheet in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, June 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Could Not Access the Item in the Database - check local log file to determine cause of error, verify if error entries indicate that SQL login failed, open archive server configuration tool to check SOLIDWORKS EPDM issues, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, June 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Remote Mass - Ronit Mukherjee of GoEngineer, YouTube, June 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Modern Family: The New Relationship Between CAD Technician and Engineer - understanding typical engineering equation, CAD technician, engineer use laptop, iPhone, iPad, cloud, BIM technologies, central 3D model for design information, Shaun Bryant, CADdigest.com, June 5, 2014 (more CAD development articles, cloud articles)

Computing Total Normal Flux on a Planar Surface - tips to compute total normal flux through cross-section plane, planar surface in COMSOL Multiphysics, check current density variation computing geometric boundary, cut plane, surface integral, Supratik Datta, COMSOL Blog, June 9, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Aerodynamic Optimization with Pointwise and FRIENDSHIP-Framework - role of design variables, optimization algorithm for creation of geometry, application of Gnuplot to generate plots from OpenFOAM results, Glyph scripts to form high quality meshes, John Chawner, Another Fine Mesh, June 9, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Is BIM Increasing Your ROI? Here are 4 Ways to Help You Find Out - compare similar projects, drafting vs design hours, phase efforts, go to source, focus on specific aspects of BIM workflows, eliminating unnecessary information, Kate Morrical, CADdigest.com, June 5, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Growth of BIM for Construction - Viewpoint for Project Collaboration improves communication through BIM collaboration tools, Viewpoint BIM Manager enhances interaction with 3D models, Constructech, June 10, 2014 (more AEC articles)

InfraWorks Magic: Object Data 101, Pt 1 - connect tabular object data in Civil 3D, employ data table or AutoCAD properties to view tabular data, visit data source configuration dialog box to assign necessary data to available fields, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, June 5, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Reinitiating the Secondary Installer for AutoCAD - manually reset AutoCAD to defaults by deleting 2 hidden folders, registry path, launch AutoCAD to rebuild its setting files, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Using Data Standard with the Vault Client - open CAD-BOM preview pane to display BOM details for selected file, datasheet preview pane displays standard file properties determined by administrator, set data standard template before creating files, Autodesk Knowledge Network, May 29, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Zero Length Lines in Revit are Possible - place 2 initial adaptive components appropriately to obtain series of components of different lengths, avoid using zero length lines in traditional families in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, June 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Sync Field Equipment Properties with Revit Models - upload Revit model to Glue along with BIM 360 add-in to allow field administrator add equipment properties, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Graebert's CAD Software First to Run on Four OSes - Q&A with CEO Wilfred Graebert about choosing Android, RAM issues of Android tablets, price speculation by author, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, June 10, 2014 (more MCAD articles, ARES articles)

Graebert Ports Its CAD Solution to All Mobile Platforms - Android was selected because it has largest market share, tablets are expected to dominate desktop/laptop sales over next year, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, June 9, 2014 (more MCAD articles, ARES articles)

Clean Up Your Act: 3D Printing Post Processing Equipment - Quill Vogue wash station helps clean parts faster, process ensures that every support materials gets removed from prints, Ruwac NA35 immersion separator vacuum collects explosives, guaranteeing explosion-proof work environment, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, June 9, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Exploring a New World of 3D Printed Product Realism with Flexible Color Digital Materials - Stratasys introduces extended range of flexible, rigid material options for Objet500 Connex3 color printer, comes with 6 flexible material palettes, 200 vibrant color shades, allows 3D printing rubber-like materials, Galit Beck, Stratasys Blog, June 9, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Using the SOLIDWORKS' Convert View to Sketch Command - right click on view to select 'convert view to sketch' command, consider 3 available options to replace view with 2D geometry or block, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, June 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Incoming Inspection Documents - create part, employ model items tool to set dimensions, form inspection document that identifies dimensions that are critical to part in SOLIDWORKS, Paul Kutolowski, Fisher/Unitech, June 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Add a Welded Nut to Your Sheet Metal Part in SOLIDWORKS Using Move-Copy Bodies - launch move/copy command from insert, features menu, specify distances, angles relative to current position or apply part-level mates in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, June 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Helical Spring Sweep Along a Path  - Toby Schnaars, YouTube, June 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Smart Part Numbering with SOLIDWORKS EPDM  - reviews EPDM serial numbering, application of lists with alias, defining default values, control logic, Stephan Hess, YouTube, June 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

The Best Table in the House - table command to create user-defined table with formatting options in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 9, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

cfg My Way - How to Configure Your Own Build - don't edit any of delivered cfg files in MicroStation, start with blank cfg file in the config>appl directory, use custom cfg file to point to my 'site level' cfg files, Sean Bear Forward, Bentley Peer Blogs, June 3, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

3DP Unlimited's Large Format X1000 3D Printer Lets You Print Bigger - printer has build volume of 1m x 1m x 0.5m, can print objects with layer resolution down to 70 microns, available in 2 versions, price starts from $16K, 3ders.org, June 8, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Making BIM the Best Tool for Design - advanced BIM tools offer speed, iteration, designing in multiple dimensions, resolution, beauty, Jared Banks, Shoegnome, May 30, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Improving Your Golf Swing with a Multibody Analysis - arm-club (two-link) vs shoulder-arm-club (three-link) swing model, considering golf swing mechanics, applied, effective torques using COMSOL Multiphysics, Pawan Soami, COMSOL Blog, June 6, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

SIMULIA SCC Highlights Simulation in an Enterprise Context - v 6.14 has new creep models, integrated composite crush solution for crumpling, parallelization of discrete element method solver, improved hyperelastic performance, anisotropic materials support for Eulerian Lagrangian CEL, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, June 6, 2014 (more Abaqus articles, FEA articles)

Thumbs Up for Previews in AutoCAD - open thumbnail preview settings dialog box to save thumbnail preview image, define current view of drawing, control updation of thumbnails for views, layouts, Sam Lucido, CADproTips, Mar 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Reset AutoCAD to Defaults - click on reset utility, select options to backup settings first, log in to specific user to reset in different account, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Add Isolines for Easy Surface Creation and Editing in AutoCAD - extract isolines from surface to create curved drawing surfaces in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, June 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Modifying an Off-Page Connector Block - open P&ID DWG settings, select non engineering items, off page connector to edit specific AutoCAD block in project configuration, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

How to Modify the Tag Size in AutoCAD P&ID - change scale X, Y, Z properties for single tag drawing, edit tag size of specific annotation style in whole project, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Pressure Pipes Don't Have Inner Diameter - open pressure network catalog in content catalog editor, select pipes to add property for inner diameter in Civil 3D, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, June 5, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit 2015 Content - select Autodesk Revit content libraries for relevant release, click add/remove features to select content to add, remove all contents before attempting to reinstall them, Jarod Schultz, June 6, 2014(more Revit tutorials)

Enhancing a Hidden Line View - select cast shadows, show ambient shadows options in graphic display dialog, visit lighting section to adjust intensity of shadows with shadows slider in Revit, James Philip, CADline, June 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Lock Down a Family - avoid altering type parameters as they affect borrower status of family's workset in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, June 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

By the Revit Users, for the Revit Users, Pt 1 - RTC Australasia 2014 drew 350 delegates, all 3 RTC events this year are expected to attract 1,200 attendees, has Revit focus but seeks to attract everything related to BIM ecosystem, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, June 5, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Persistent IDs vs Persistable IDs - both are same except that persistable IDs have extra character in front of them, former is available at web service layer in KnowledgeVaultService while latter are in VDF layer in Connection.PersistableIdManager in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, June 6, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Vault 2015 Visualization Previews - open document previewer options to check boxes as default viewer for noted file types, hit ok to apply on options menu in Vault, Chris Benner, CAD Tips, Tricks & Workarounds, June 6, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

How Stuff FeatureWorks, Pt 2 - select interactive recognition mode to recognize few/all features, employ chain fillet faces to select fillet surfaces, click recognize button to remove all fillets before creating fillet feature in SOLIDWORKS, Dale Carlson, Symmetry Solutions Blog, June 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Replacing Components in Assemblies - right click on component to be replaced in tree, select replace-components command to browse for component that will replace it in SOLIDWORKS, Ben Garrett, Solid Solutions, June 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Communicating Designs Quickly and Effectively - eDrawings flattens entire assembly files to individual files, allows full interaction with 3D designs, 2D drawings, simulation results, employ 3D PDF to open SOLIDWORKS document with standard pdf viewer, Mark McVeigh, Solid Solutions, June 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Creating Styles for Consistent Visual Output - YouTube, June 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Comparing Revit 2015 with ArchiCAD 18 Update - Revit 2015 released new sketchy line, IFC linking, parameter ordering, revision improvements, but lacked any 'killer' feature while ArchiCAD 18 came up with winning TeamWork, building materials, EcoDesigner, morph, shell features, Stefan Boeykens, CAD, BIM & 3D, June 5, 2014 (more Revit articles, ArchiCAD articles)

ST7: Built for Speed - ability to change background quickly, easier multiple sketch relations, specify edge breaks/chamfers for sharp edges in hole, automatic coordinate dimensions on drawing, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 5, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Plastics for 3D Printing Get Better and Cheaper and Greener Every Day - super-cheap filament from Monoprice Inc. is available in many colors, igus inc. offers tribo-filament suitable for motion-control applications, Purdue University students have developed Filasoy to replace petroleum-based plastic with low-energy, low-temperature filament, Elisabeth Eitel, Machine Design, June 5, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How to Model Residual Stresses Using COMSOL Multiphysics - consider slender beam under pure bending, computing residual stresses, importance in sheet metal forming process, Fabio Bocchi, COMSOL Blog, June 5, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Estimating Cycle Times with Machine Acceleration: New G-Wizard Editor Feature - set acceleration for machine on machine profile, load up a g-code program, see effect of acceleration in info tab, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, June 5, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Q&A with Glen Matthews - AMD's Senior Manager talks about FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card, design, performance goals, 4K computer graphics, CPU, June 1, 2014 (more graphics cards articles)

3DCIC 2014 Sound Bites and Snippets - subtractive manufacturing will be as important as additive manufacturing, model-based engineering is quickly becoming competitive advantage, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, June 4, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

Create Your Own Office Connector Document Type - add required properties, create Office document references, create new document type, PR item using Microsoft Word, Aras Innovator Technology, June 5, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Dude, Where's My AutoCAD Attribute? - ATTSYNC command to force block instance updates with change in block definition attributes in AutoCAD, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, June 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Autodesk Design Review Installer Fails to Complete - install Akamai NetSession client, proceed to design review download page, run installer to allow additional files, modules install automatically, run ADR 2013 to open, view 3D DWFx files, Dennis Collin, CADline, June 5, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

InfraWorks - Subsea Terrain and Water - create terrain model in Civil 3D, import terrain data in InfraWorks, export water contour to sdf, import water contour in InfraWorks as water area before applying standard water style, Peter Ingels, BIM Toolbox, June 5, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Prepare Model Before Upload - select Inventor part with few exposed renamed/created parameters, Configurator 360 reads parameters, shows parameters dialog box to verify important parameters for part, Autodesk Knowledge Network, June 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Displaying a DWG Including GPS Position on a Mobile Phone or Tablet - turn on GPS service on phone/tablet, enable location display, set 'my location' to display current location in AutoCAD DWG drawing with blue point, CADforum, June 5, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Revit MEP - Copy to Clipboard and Paste Aligned - employ edit work plane tool to host elevation to original ceiling, apply pick new tool to select ceiling as new host in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, June 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Revit - Show Hidden Lines - visit properties palette to locate 'show hidden lines,' display all hidden lines as per as hidden lines subcategory, control hidden lines based on discipline parameter for view, Yasmin Talbot, Adris Blog, June 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Digitizing Landscape Architecture: Revit for Landscape Architects - Q&A with landscape architect Lauren Schmidt about architecture experience, work, choice of Revit over AutoCAD or SketchUp, collaboration advantages of Revit, Jason Packenham, Land 8, June 5, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Vault Pro 2015 Revise/Change Category - Vault Pro 2015 has removed change category, revise buttons to limit clutter of UI, customize UI to add them manually in Vault, Chris Turner, CADline, June 5, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

The Power of Shell - PowerShell Command-Lets for Vault - read file properties, perform AddFile to include files to Vault, locate files, update UDP's, category, state, revision, work with file associations, coolOrange Blog, June 6, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Routing Harnesses in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D - create single-line diagram, add items to new harness inside SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematics, route harness in SOLIDWORKS, flatten harness to produce manufacturing drawing, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, June 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation Probing Tip - double-click probe tags to access multiple parameters, plot values for more than one parameter at a time, Chris Schaefer, SolidNotes, June 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Sensors - create solid shape in part model, add sensor, select mass properties option, enter in alert type, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, June 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Linking Files in Enterprise PDM Using Paste as Reference - linking SolidWorks assembly, its document together inside of SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Rod Levin, InFlow Technology, June 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Run Window Options - understanding options that is available when selecting flow simulation in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, June 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Cutting Plane - tip to create cut view of actors in SOLIDWORKS composer, Tyler Young, YouTube, June 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

InRoads Geometry Stationing and Station Equations - viewing horizontal alignment stationing, YouTube, June 3, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

Dassault Systemes Eyes Indian Automobile Industry with ENOVIA - ENOVIA brand of solutions allow close collaboration across divisions, aligning expertise from all domains, share data, Business Standard, May 9, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Graebert Developing CAD Software for Android Tablets - codenamed Radon, professional 2D-3D CAD program natively reads, saves files in DWG, includes same APIs as ARES Commander, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, June 4, 2014 (more MCAD articles, ARES articles)

New Applications of 3D Printing will Emerge, $7B Market by 2025 - IDTechEx report says that many emerging applications will be commercialized, there will be huge potential of 3D printed electrical components, 3ders.org, June 3, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How to Manually Work with Entity Numbers in Selections - handling selections when changing geometry, selections in model M-file code, coordinate based selections using LiveLink for MATLAB functionality Lars Gregersen, COMSOL Blog, June 4, 2014 (more MATLAB articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - IFC Upgrades - IFC data acts like normal ArchiCAD data as per as new scheme-driven IFC data management, export data as mapped, standard or custom data to IFC model in ArchiCAD, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, June 5, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Civil-izing BIM - relevance of BIM concept in relation to CAD, definition of BIM for civil, reasons for lack of proactive engagement on BIM by civil engineers, BIM integration advantages, John Rodriguez, BIM on the rocks, June 3, 2014 (more AEC articles, Civil 3D articles)

COBieStructure - introduces basic structure of COBie file, Bill East, YouTube, May 29, 2014 (more AEC articles, Civil 3D articles)

AutoCAD 2015: What's New? - invoke TEXTALIGN command to align multiple text objects with text session points, comes with DISTRIBUTE, SET SPACING, CURRENT VERTICAL or HORIZONTAL options, new MTEXT dialog box allows easy adjustment of dimensions, Martin Phelps, CADline, June 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD Classic in 2015 - click on import from manage tab, open transfer tab in CUI editor to load AutoCAD 2014 configuration file in left pane, highlight, copy AutoCAD classic before pasting it into right pane, Procad Software Blog, June 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

ACA: ACA.dll File Location - check administrative rights before copying/renaming files in ACA folder, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, June 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Include Custom Attributes When You Export to a Spreadsheet - export AutoCAD Electrical project data into spreadsheet to update existing components, wire numbers with edits, select data category based on data to be exported, add custom attributes to spreadsheet, Pat Murnen, Autodesk Systems Design Blog, June 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Autodesk Screencast - visit add-ins ribbon tab to launch screencast from within AutoCAD, log into Autodesk account to avail dialog interface for recording, upload record to screencast website once recording completes, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, June 4, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Troubleshooting: Tall Section Views - check profile, area of issue, visibility of offset, ensure if alignment that holds profile has moved from under surface in Civil 3D, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, June 4, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk InfraWorks: Base Data for Projects - methods for obtaining online data that is used on projects within Autodesk InfraWorks, Nicholas Edwin, YouTube, June 4, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Enhanced Reinforcement and Analytical Model Control - reinforcement settings controls visibility of rebar in plan or section, fabric sheet placement allows reinforcing sections for concrete walls/floors/slab foundations, check 'elevation at top' parameter while setting structural foundations in Revit, Philip Russo, AUGI Library, June 4, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Want a Powerful New Way to Visualize Your Revit Models Based on Parameters? - open ColorByNumber in 3D view, switch to colors tab to create new color schema, apply colors to view in Revit display models, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, June 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rotatable, Scalable, and Editable Landscape Boulder/Rock - adjust interior points of spline to modify shape of rock, avoid creating sharp corners while editing void sweep paths, locate proper medium between swept blend, void sweep to obtain irregular shape in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, June 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

CAD Manager Tips to Increase Your Team's Productivity and Efficiency - cloud collaboration tool like Autodesk 360 empowers teamwork, use Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive to store data online, Shaun Bryant, CADdigest.com, May 30, 2014 (more CAD management articles, cloud articles)

Peer-Driven CAD Management Solutions - become the go-to resource, be pleasant to work with, easy to talk to, make case by teaching, manage problem-solving process, bypass politics with optimization, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 4, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Smarter Than Your Average Design Table - creating flywheel in SOLIDWORKS, adding conditional formatting to take care of center of gravity at center axis of rotation, Andrew Jaskey, CAPUniversity, June 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

DFMXpress. Have You Heard of It? - tool validates manufacturability of parts, identifies design areas that might cause problems during fabrication, reviews parts with mill, drill, turning, sheet metal, injection molding requirements in SOLIDWORKS, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, June 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Cosmetic Threads in Assembly Drawings - go to insert, model items, select view(s) to be inserted into cosmetic thread in SOLIDWORKS, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, June 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3D Drawing Views - select view, click 3D drawing view button, employ rotate, zoom commands to manipulate drawing view in SOLIDWORKS, Stephen Draper, CADtek Blog, June 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Review: Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation - light weight design with 15.6" display, full-size 80-key backlit keyboard, Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad-core processor, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M discrete graphics card with 2GB memory, impressive battery life, excellent system for base configuration price of $1,799, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

MicroStation Tip: Modify Dimension Text - using text toolbar or edit text tool, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, June 3, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Myth Busting 5 Common Misconceptions About 3D Printers - buying 3D printer is expensive, requires extensive employee training, resolution attributes translate directly to accuracy, can only print a few different types of materials, Liz Brach, SolidNotes, June 3, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Extending BIM to Infrastructure - issues of file size, openness need to be considered, good set of analysis tools are needed for intelligent city model to be really useful, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, June 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, AEC articles)

Understanding What Contributes to ArchiCAD File Size - proper BIM management avoids cluttering of model that leads to increase in file size, escape from adding unnecessary section, elevation markers that increases file size, check .PLN files, linked libraries for garbage files, Jared Banks, BIM Engine Blog, June 3, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

BIM is Not So Real After All - estimating practical reality of BIM, resist following traditional practices where they conflict with good BIM practice, Antony McPhee, Practical BIM, June 2, 2014 (more AEC articles)

3D Text in SketchUp: How to Create, Move, and Manipulate It - use M shortcut to move text, get specific size of 3D text, Designer Hacks, May 6, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

AutoCAD: How to Control Contextual Tab Display - launch options, visit selection tab followed by 'contextual tab states' under ribbon section, turn on/off contextual tab display feature in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Factory Design Suite - Using Connectors to Join Subassemblies - copy lift, pallet from system assets, edit them to create stackable versions, locate list in asset browser before opening part file to perform save as to custom assets location, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, June 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAM articles)

14 Things You'll Be Shocked You Never Knew About Autodesk Navisworks - offers 2D support, creates quick quantification for building out resources, colors up model, loads BIM 360 Glue projects directly, exports item properties, renders files in cloud, forms cache files overnight, Lee Mullin, Beyond Design, June 3, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Improve Performance and Speed of Civil 3D - invoke LAYOUTREGENCTL command to improve performance by controlling display list, set layout regen options before typing WHIPTHREAD to initiate command in Civil 3D, Ben Johnson, Envision CAD, June 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

3ds Max Design Tips & Trick: Inventor Workflow - Import/Export Settings - go to suite workflows, export 3ds Max design as solid, uncheck 'create layers by material' option before running export directly from workflow setting in Inventor, Marion Landry, YouTube, June 3, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorialsInventor tutorials)

Revit Shortcuts for Old People - type KS or keyboard shortcuts to customize key-ins in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, June 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Implementation Secrets - 10 Best Revit Process Features - automatic sheet set management, tag coordination, automated floor planning tools, updation of model, sheet views, power of parametric dimensioning, independent, automated visibility controls in Revit, Daniel Hughes, Bradley BIM, June 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Machining Multiple Parts on 4-Axis Tombstone with CAMWorks for Solid Edge - creating NC programs for multiple setups of same part on 4-axis horizontal machining center, Jim Wright, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 3, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, CAMWorks articles)

Switching from History to ST Modeling - case study from Solid Edge University 2014 describes master plan to transition designers from ordered to Synchronous Technology, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, June 3, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Using SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Templates - initiate EPDM template, fill template form to create standard, consistent project folder structure in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, June 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Making Plant Layout Spin Faster - Saving Assemblies as Parts - open assembly file, click on 'save as' followed by save as type to select part while assembly file is open, choose between exterior faces/components or all components options in SOLIDWORKS, Nady Osmat, Fisher/Unitech, June 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Linking Manufacturer's Components to Symbols - to insert symbols onto schematics in SOLIDWORKS, Bryce Heventhal, YouTube, June 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Dealing with Local Only Files - discusses settings, scenarios related to local only files in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, June 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Luxion Unleash KeyShot 5 - online library to download new resources, share custom assets, ability to import, render NURBS geometry from 3D modeling apps, new fade animation feature, available for $995, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Jun 2, 2014 (more KeyShot articles)

3DCIC 2014: Driving Product Development with Collaboration, Simulation, and Integration - collaboration is totally dependent on interoperability between disparate groups, processes, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, June 2, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

Take Wing - Advanced Manufacturing Research Center at Sheffield University used 3D printing to create, test prototype unmanned aerial vehicle airframe made of ABS plastic, DEVELOP 3D, May 29, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - Revisions - employ tool to track model, drawing changes automatically, add new changes to revision history in layouts, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, June 3, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Speeds Rendering - simplified UI, new toolbar to access options, lights, cameras, quick setup button, progressive rendering engine, dynamic bucket splitting, render mask, color corrections facility, combines speed & sophistication, realistic lighting & textures, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2014 (more VRay reviews, 3ds max articles, rendering articles)

The New Stuff - AutoCAD 2015 replaced welcome screen with new tab, automatic text bullets, printable maps, improved graphics during, after object creation, model space viewport controls, multiline text/text editor, Autodesk Recap, realty capture, Brian Benton, AUGI Library, June 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Troubleshoot: AutoCAD Text Overlapped in Some Palettes - visit control panel to open Windows display settings, change size of text, other options in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, June 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

2015 Autodesk Application Manager: Overview - select updates in application manager, check arrow to avail more information about update, close program before applying update, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, June 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Wastewater Catchment Flow Estimates Using Civil 3D Parcels - generate expression, user defined data variables before creating parcel label to display data, set data variables for parcels, export table to Excel before adding check column to check parcel expression calculations, Justin Ralston, C3dXtreme, June 2, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Modify Layer Mapping for DWG/DXF Export - employ transfer project standards tool to share export setup between projects, export layer options to specify mapping of Revit elements with view-specific graphic overrides to CAD layers, Autodesk Knowledge Network, May 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

The Revision API and a Form on the Fly - employ GetParameterInformation method to convert parameter value to string representation in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Revit 2015 for Quick High Fidelity IFC to RVT Conversion, and Downgrading to Previous Revit Versions with Maximum Geometry Fidelity - select/create IFC template, set it on top of template list in options, link IFC file to project before locating cache version RVT file that Revit created, delete IfcExportAs project parameters, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, June 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Local Project into Vault - employ PLANTPROJECTTOVAULT command to set local or network project into Vault, set sever name, database prefix in Vault project setup window before clicking on start button, Brandon Anderson, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, June 2, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

The Vault Browser in Autodesk Inventor - update Vault browser in Inventor to reflect current state of files in Vault, update properties for active document, visit filter menu to filter files listed in Vault browser, Autodesk Knowledge Network, May 29, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles, Inventor tutorials)

How to Use FEA for Thermal Analysis - considering 3 types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, radiation; 4 types of analysis solutions: linear, nonlinear, steady-state analysis, transient analysis, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, May 5, 2014 (more FEA articles)

CFD of Large Structures for Wastewater Treatment - simulating circular, non-circular, channel distribution chambers, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, June 2, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Simulation Drives Automobile Electronics - ANSYS, COMSOL Multiphysics, STAR-CCM+ offer battery simulation module, model electromechanical actuation, piezoelectric devices, capacitive sensing, resonant devices, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, June 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Rescale Puts Analysis Toolbox On The Cloud - 50 CAE, math apps are available on cloud, cloud stores results data, employs data management tools to help sort through it, charges $0.30/hr, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, June 2, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Give Up Making CFD Meshes - Converge is Better and Faster - uses adaptive mesh refinement to reduce size of elements in critical areas, solves combustion problems with CFD using mesh that refines itself on fly, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, June 1, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Solid Edge ST7 Addresses the User's Needs - 3D sketching tool simplifies ability to define paths for sweep operations, 'fixed length curve' functionality, ability to flatten deformation features, revamped measuring tools, John Pearson, Design Fusion, June 1, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Solid Edge ST7 3D Sketch - Why It Isn't Exactly New? - add-ons like XpresRoute, Harness had 3D sketch tool with limited use, but ST7 3D sketch is new environment that creates '3D sketches' node in Pathfinder, each 3D sketch created becomes feature underneath it, Ken Grundey's Blog, May 30, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Creating Custom Shape Springs in Solid Edge - modeling garter spring, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 1, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Custom Shape Springs in Solid Edge, Pt 2 - creating hourglass, barrel, tablet springs, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, June 1, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Weldment Profile Orientation: Method to the Madness - employ right pane of sketch to set horizontal alignment of profile to sketch plane, vertical on positive direction of sketch plane, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, June 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM - How to Create Users and Groups - log into Workgroup PDM Vault administration tool to create new user, modify existing user, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, June 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Could Not Get Files From Database - tips to handle error messages in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, June 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Is Cloud-Based CAD Ready for Prime Time? - benefits of server-based computing for CAD community: global collaboration with 24-hour productivity, security, more sensible allocation of computing resources for big-data applications, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, May 31, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

How to Get from 3D CAD to 3D Rendering - setting up animation, balancing level of photorealism with project timeframe/budget, Phil Szczepaniak, Machine Design, May 31, 2014 (more rendering articles)

Two Sheet Metal Wonders - Solid Edge ST7 has 'blank body' function that flattens stamped part, 'part to sheet metal' function starts with solid body, thin wall it, rip corners, add bends, flatten it, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, May 30, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Understanding Stabilization Methods - consider a time-dependent mass transfer problem, making stabilization settings visible, stabilization settings in transport of diluted species interface in COMSOL Multiphysics, Fabrice Schlegel, COMSOL Blog, May 30, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Dassault Systemes' Director Outlines SIMULIA 6.14 Updates - framework to model viscoelastic behavior, automated particle and fluids CEL for mesh refinement, ability to couple system level logical, physical control systems into Abaqus, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, May 29, 2014 (more Abaqus articles, FEA articles)

Exa's Q1 Falls Short - But for a Good Reason - revenue for Q1 was $13.8 million, up 10% y/y, license revenue was $11.7 million, up 9%, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, May 29, 2014 (more CFD articles)

Rendering Just Took Another Step up the Quick and Easy Ladder - enhances UI, tools to speed up rendering, animation workflows, improves KeyShot cloud resources, instancing, fade animation, NURBS ray-tracing, sun & sky system for generating geographic lighting, pricing starts at $995, Scott Wertel, ENGINEERING.com, May 30, 2014 (more KeyShot articles)

BIM in the Cloud - BIMcloud extends ArchiCAD BIM infrastructure via Internet to hosted ArchiCAD project servers, AEC Magazine, May 27, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

How to Setup Photo Matching in SketchUp - import match photo, adjust perspective lines, scale, Designer Hacks, May 27, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Construction Managers Embrace 4D BIM for Safety - 4D BIM helps coordinate schedules, eliminate conflicts, confusion, improve training, enhance safety by design, Tom Sawyer, ENR.com, May 28, 2014 (more AEC articles)

What's New in AutoCAD Plant 3D 2015 - new version allows managing line groups, numbers easily, routing fixed-length piping in 3D model, specifies maximum/minimum cut length for each size of pipe in spec, creates BOM table for ortho view, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 31, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Vault Client and Vault Web Client Cannot Connect to Vault After .Net 4.5 was Installed - open Internet Information Services manager on Vault server, expand localhost to view, select application pools, change classic .Net AppPool, DefaultAppPool before running IISRESET on Vault server, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 31, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Acad.lsp and Civil3D 2014 - set new variable secureload to 1, invoke sysvldg command to check settings for variable, check if acad.lsp file location is listed in AutoCAD, Justin Ralston, C3dXtreme, May 31, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 Start Up - invoke CUI command, expand civil workspace, expand ribbon, tags before selecting geolocation to set status of contextual display type property, Trevor Clayton, CADline, May 30, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Restore a Corrupt Inventor User Profile - log into problematic Windows user account to rebuild all necessary registry keys for specific version, else open regedit to reset all applications options, customization settings, Autodesk Knowledge Network, May 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Automating Drawing Title Block Forms in Inventor - differentiates prompted entry vs iProperties, apply iLogic forms, coding to enhance drawing environment in Inventor, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, June 1, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Insert Using Auto-Center to Center - employ auto-center to center if elements in imported/linked file are very far from file's origin in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, May 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Room Editor with Handlebars and Refresh - press save to automatically refresh browser display of model, add handlebars by copying package contents into packages subfolder or including main kanso.json file in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, May 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

RoomEditorApp Plurals and Free Educational Software - employ PluralString helper method to simplify message generation, logging code in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, June 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Missing Revit Templates And Content Libraries - separate installer that comes with Revit to select content while installing Building Design Suite 2015 offline, Greg Benson-Shettle, Adris Blog, May 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - Default Values in Search Card - add default values by selecting background of complete search data card, open default values pull-down to pick variable, enter default value in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, May 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools - mold tools with relation to parting lines, shut-off, cores, design library features, top-down assemblies, Lars Christensen, YouTube, May 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Tips & Tricks - Creating a Design Study - steps to add material as variable for design study in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, May 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Software Evaluation: SOLIDWORKS & SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - overview, workflow in SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2014, comparison with Workgroup PDM 2014, pros, cons, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, May 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

HP Extends Z Workstation Family into Virtualization Realm - HP DL380z virtual workstation can easily integrate into existing data center infrastructure with no additional chassis hardware required, Cadalyst, May 29, 2014 (more HP workstation articles)

Lagoa Working on Cloud-Based MCAD Tool - Lagoa's new modeler is based on Siemens PLM Parasolid engine, offers 3 levels of subscription plans: maker, individual, enterprise, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, May 29, 2014 (more rendering articles, cloud articles)

KeyShot 5 Adds Direct NURBS Rendering, Cloud-Based Sharing, Fade Animation - improvement in high dynamic range imaging editor, fade animation applies changing levels of opacity to parts of model, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, May 29, 2014 (more KeyShot articles)

Autodesk's Growing Fascination with 3D Printing - Autodesk's 'Pier 9' workshop in San Francisco offers high-end and factory grade equipments for 3D printing, makes commitment with 3D Hubs to integrate API in its design products, Tom Sawyer, ENR.com, May 28, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Autodesk's Q1 a Study in Moving Parts - total Q1 revenue was up 4% y/y to $593 million, revenue from Americas was up 2% y/y, revenue from suites was $210 million, up 19% y/y, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, May 29, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Adding Elevation Drawing Views - create Inventor layout, AutoCAD plan view layout, form Inventor drawing with projected, section detail view, insert Inventor views listed in blocks in AutoCAD model before adding elevations to drawing, Luke Davenport, CADline, May 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

Install Express Tools for AutoCAD 2015 - open control panel to uninstall/change AutoCAD 2015, update express tools, type MENULOAD command, select acetmain file to add express tools, Procad Software Blog, May 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Structural Detailing Table - select style-reinforcement tables from styles dropdown located in ASD-reinforcement, settings tab, pick table, font, color, line table to be modified before changing text style in AutoCAD, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, May 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

150+ AutoCAD Keyboard Shortcuts - printable version of AutoCAD shortcuts along with template for keyboard stickers is available from Autodesk website, Jimmy Bergmark, JTB World Blog, May 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

Civil 3D for Landscape Architects - import existing elevation data into Civil 3D to create interactive model, employ alignment, profile, assemblies or corridor tools to ease designing process, export surfaces to SketchUp, InfraWorks, Jason Packenham, Land 8, May 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Something New for Everyone - Inventor 2015 has new freeform editor, 2D sketch enhancements, frame member reuse commands, new hardware settings in application options, better direct edit functionality, John Evans, AUGI Library, May 29, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

Inventor Browser Names for Content Center Fasteners - create custom library, edit family tree entries by adding vendor's part number, set member display name, publish changes in content center before placing fasteners in assembly, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, May 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Spring Cleaning for Revit 2015 - open family, template audits, review all office standard family files created earlier, purge unwanted or suspicious files before migrating to Revit 2015, Glynnis Patterson, Ideate, May 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 - Hidden Detail Control - visit properties palette to apply new show hidden lines feature, adjust view range settings to allow Revit show hidden detail of objects outside this range, Autodesk Revit Structure, May 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Enable the Vault-Client Logging - open Connectivity.VaultPro.exe.config file in Vault client installation directory, set appropriate code to change config file, coolOrange Blog, May 30, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Fix Broken References with Autodesk Vault 2014 Reference Repair Utility - fix, repair broken references between files in Vault, Imran Bhutta, YouTube, May 29, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Steps to Make SketchUp Run Smoother - make faces either component or group, set face style to shaded under view option, timely purge unused components, Tony Gushanas, SketchUp Ur Space, Apr 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Visualizer for SketchUp Can Generate Photorealistic Virtual Image with a Single Click - applies highly powerful PowerVR ray tracing software for generating photorealistic images in real-time, Rajib Dey, SketchUp Ur Space, Apr 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

Designing Video Surveillance Systems Using 3D Visualization - Axis Camera Extension for SketchUp helps designers evaluate how cameras fit into building, avoiding blind spots, layout Goran Sandberg, SketchUp Ur Space, Apr 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

Creating Hourglass Spring with Solid Edge ST - create curve, manipulate surfaces, application of bluesurf command, swept surface, steering wheel in synchronous mode in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, i Surf and Code, May 29, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Machining Multiple Setups with CAMWorks for Solid Edge - comes with speedy-fast feature recognition, tool path engine that allows machining multiple components at same time, orient tool paths, applies edit to operation to all components on table, Jim Wright, Siemens PLM Software Community, May 29, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, CAMWorks articles

Adding Fasteners to Rolled Sheet Metal in SOLIDWORKS - insert holes with rolled sheets, apply centerlines to position points when used in cylinder, add single fastener in one hole before patterning it to make bolts tangent to outside face, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, May 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Multibodies: Only a Stone's Throw Away - employ multibodies in SOLIDWORKS as top down assembly method before saving bodies to improve performance of PC, Catherine Wagner, CADimensions Blog, May 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How Stuff FeatureWorks? - avail FeatureWorks to recognize, add features to design tree that are fully editable, click on automatic recognition to step through model, analyze geometry, apply features to recreate solid part in SOLIDWORKS, Dale Carlson, Symmetry Solutions Blog, May 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Assembly FeatureManager in SOLIDWORKS: Component Name vs File Name - click on component, open component properties box to view file name that is un-editable, component name will be editable if 'update component name' switch is cleared, John Setzer, SolidNotes, May 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Get Started Designing a 3D Printable Robot in SOLIDWORKS with these Free Videos - basics to open new assembly, create new part, turn off shadows/reflections, set construction geometry, convert entities, editing parts in context, SolidSmack, May 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

When Inserting a Multibody Part into an Assembly, How Do You Prevent SOLIDWORKS from Inserting it as Separate Part Files? - apply insert part feature to insert base part inside another part document, Solid Professor Blog, May 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CAD is the Least of Our Problems, Pt 3 - ensure productivity, meet deadlines, keep track of files, implement standards, training programs, only supportive mobile, cloud technologies, Robert Green, Cadalyst, May 14, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

ST7: Hole Options Dialog - dialog is more visual, offers more settings, options for function of hole, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, May 28, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - BCF Compatibility - ArchiCAD can import/export associated 'BIM Collaboration Format' data as mark-up entries with accompanying screenshots, 3D views, cutting planes, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, May 29, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Heat Transfer in Deformed Solids - understanding material, spatial frames, temperature-dependent stress, strain using COMSOL Multiphysics, Peng-Chhay Ung, COMSOL Blog, May 28, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

PLM Missing a 'P' in the Lifecycle - Packaging - importance of packaging, factors supporting it, integration helps keep different aspects of product in sync, manage change during product development, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, May 28, 2014 (more PLM articles)

A Sneak Peek at the New Autodesk 360 Viewer - press structure button to browse down through model's assembly structure or component hierarchy, use this to isolate specific components in model, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, May 27, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Annotative Scaling for Dimension Styles, Text Styles, Leader Styles and Table Styles - change active scale from annotation scale list, open dimension style tab to rename style, activate annotative located in scale for dimension features section, adjust text height, arrow size in AutoCAD, Procad Software Blog, May 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Drafting Standard Dialog Box - specify values before creating new base views, select project type, shading/preview, or thread style options to set projection angle, default resolution, thread appearance in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, May 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing tutorials)

AutoLISP: Updated Join Dimensions for AutoCAD 2014 & 2015 - load JDIMS, set 2 dimensions of same type to convert them into total dimension in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, May 27, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

No Selection in AutoCAD Properties Palette - invoke PROPOBJLIMIT command, set its value to 2500 or higher to limit maximum number of entities that can be selected before properties palette registers 'no selection' in AutoCAD, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, May 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Your License is No Longer Available - return borrowed license prior to expiry date/time, delete 'FLEXlm license manager' registry key if the borrowed Autodesk license has expired automatically, Hashim Mundol, Up and Ready, May 28, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

DACH Extension is Installed in Civil 3D But the Ribbon is Missing the DACH Extension Tools and Tab - type CUILOAD in command line to verify that group 'C3D_Extension' is listed, Autodesk Knowledge Network, May 14, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Clicking Create/Edit Aliases Does Nothing in Civil 3D 2015 - missing path from default 2015 Civil 3D support file search path can cause issue, Autodesk Knowledge Network, May 8, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Revit 2015 Add-In Manager - copy .dll, add-in files from SDK folder to add-in folder, adjust assembly attribute to correct path, check if add-in manager appears in add-ins tab under external tools menu in Revit, Augusto Goncalves, AEC DevBlog, May 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Transfer Project Standards in Revit - employ tool to transfer materials, object styles, line weight, print settings, filters, project information standards, choose overwrite, new only, or cancel options when duplicate type dialog box appears while transferring standards, Gareth Spencer, CADline, May 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

That Thick Boundary on My Sheet - sketch thick lines with Revit's own lines, employ filled region to draw thick boundary with squared edges, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, May 26, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Custom Scale Text Display - open custom scale dialog box, set custom display name, ratio to change scale text in Revit, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, May 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Printing in the Classroom - CREATE education project in UK aims to offer every school student opportunity to learn 3D printing technology, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, May 28, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How to Change the Server List on a Client Machine for SOLIDWORKS 2014 - open solidnetwork license manager on client machine, click server list tab to add/remove server in list, Ketul Patel, CATI Tech Notes, May 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Enhanced in SOLIDWORKS 2014: Customizing Enterprise PDM Interface with Columns - adding additional columns to explorer or search view, adding columns to contains, where used, check in/out dialog, copy tree tabs in SOLIDWORKS, Jenn Pouliot, CAPUniversity, May 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

Replacing Inserted Parts for Master Modeling - insert part, choose data from checkboxes to determine if link is required to establish link back to master, investigate symbol attached to part in SOLIDWORKS feature manager tree, Adam Hartles, Solid Solutions, May 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Have You Inspected SOLIDWORKS Inspection Yet? - apply professional version to avail ability to import CMM data in one project, stand-alone application to leverage legacy PDFs, TIFFs, Josh Spencer, 3D Vision Technologies, May 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Siemens Solid Edge and the ST7 Release - Siemens is keenly focused on its customers' needs, has started new approaches to sales, development of Solid Edge to attract new users, has adopted to its close 3rd party vendor relationships, John Evans, Design and Motion, May 16, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

ANSYS Workbench 15 - core meshing tools now run across multiple cores/thread, simulation process can run using previously created meshes, improved simulation of peel, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, May 27, 2014 (more ANSYS reviews)

Nonlinear Analysis - Stress/Strain Curves for Material Models - type of stress, strain to be used for stress/strain curve, depending on analysis option, type of material model used, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, May 27, 2014 (more FEA articles)

NVIDIA Launches Remote Desktop Service Test, Powered by NVIDIA GRID - register, download thin client, log in to get 24-hour access to remote desktop, hosted in GPU-accelerated GRID server, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, May 27, 2014 (more NVIDIA articles)

Why Industry-Standard CAD Platforms Do Not Meet Owner-Operators' Compliance Needs - industry-standard CAD platforms involve analog data, inability to integrate, automate, minimal ROI, antiquated technology, need paradigm shift to data-driven CAD platforms, Shane Kling, AEC Cafe, May 27, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Graphisoft Renders ArchiCAD 18 - BIM Coordination Format to pass comments, redlines between applications, bi-directionally, new 'change manager' palette handles multiple changes, imports, explodes PDF files into ArchiCAD lines, text, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, May 27, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

MassMotion - software provides crowd flow simulation for buildings, transport, public spaces, can import 3D geometry from AutoCAD, SketchUp, MicroStation, Rhino, has enhanced agent scheduling, journey time analysis capability, available with various pricing options, AEC Magazine, May 27, 2014 (more AEC articles)

ArchiCAD 18 - Multiple Element Editing - employ smart vertical model constraints to edit selection of multiple elements in ArchiCAD, Joshua Osborne, Cadimage, May 27, 2014 (